- Posted January 17, 2010 by
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Your Family Journey
Courts wrong decision
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Added January 27, 2010
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I'm reporting this to you hoping that it will get some time on air so people can see that our courts have failed us. This guy Ngere Tambwe Omari is not being sent back to his home country. Please read below.
News story: http://www.komonews.com/news/7894072.html
Written by her parents:
I need to share the tragedy our family has experienced and the injustice within our system that we have witnessed as this situation has played out. We are hoping for help regarding this, and hope that shedding light on our experience, that our system can be re-examined for the sake of all of our safety.
On March 13, 2005, our beautiful daughter, Heather Lee Meadows, was killed by a wrong-way drunk driver. As she was driving to work with a friend in the HOV lane on the I-5 outside of Seattle, a speeding driver hit her head on. She was killed almost instantly, while her passenger suffered internal injuries, a fractured skull and jaw, as well as long lasting emotional trauma.
As the investigation progressed, we learned that the drunk driver was an immigrant who came to our country illegally. His name is Ngere Tambwe Omari, and he is from the country of Rwanda. He was granted amnesty by our government due to the civil war in his country of origin at that time. As the case progressed, we learned of his many brushes with the law. In 1999, Mr. Omari was charged with several crimes in the state of Iowa. He was charged and convicted of Interfering with Official Acts (SRMS). He was sentenced to 12 months, suspended, and was given probation. He was charged with Assault on Peace Officers & Others (SRMS), but the charge was withdrawn. He was also charged and convicted of Resisting an Officer (DNU) and served 1 day in jail. We were told that he had others crimes as well in the District of Columbia, but we don't have that documentation.
On February 8, 2005, Mr. Omari was convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). He was sentenced again to probation and had his license suspended.
On the morning of March 13, 2005, with a blood alcohol level of .18, without a license, insurance, or even his own car, he made a U-turn on the freeway, into the path of my daughter's car. He was convicted of Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Assault, and 2nd degree driving on Suspended License. He was sentenced to 72 months. His release date is set for April 27, 2010.
He received extensive medical treatment in jail to repair his crushed femur that he sustained in the crash. His physical therapy, surgery, medications, multiple mental health visits to Western State, and the expense of his translator, attorneys, etc., has cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. He has not fufilled his court ordered responsibiltiy of paying restitution to any of his claiments.
There had been an immigration hold placed on him during his incarceration. Unbeknownst to us, that hold was lifted in the fall of 2009 at King County courthouse.
We are confused and devastated that this man, who has done irreparable harm to many, is allowed again, to walk free, without having any regard for the citizens of this country. We personally know several wonderful, law abiding people whom, coming here legally, are trying desperately to obtain their status to stay and have not been treated well.
We are asking for help from anyone who will listen,
In honor of our Heather.