Suspect in drunk driving fatal shouldn't have had license
Indianapolis, Aug. 17 - As Rosalio Pedraza headed to court a second time to hear the charges against him he used crutches due to injuries sustained in his fatal drunk driving case.
The crashed happened early Sunday at the Indianapolis Zoo entrance stop light on West Washington Street. Prosecutors say Pedraza ran the light and crashed into an SUV carrying five people from a wedding reception.
The impact killed the groom's father, Thomas Youngstafel, and another relative, Joseph Gehler.
The victim's families attended Pedraza's second hearing.
In court, Judge Tonya Pratt learned the 31-year-old accused drunk driver is an illegal immigrant. He admitted he doesn't hold a green card.
Pedraza's brother also took the witness stand. The court learned that he too is an illegal immigrant, he should never have had a valid driver's license.
The brother left the City-County Building immediately after leaving the witness stand.
While prosecutors figure out their next move, outside the courtroom Youngstafel's brother Carl read a family statement about the case. "We would like to ask the public to support such organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving to help strengthen the penalties for first and second convictions of DUI. We need to place this in the hands of the Marion County judicial system as this case progresses."
Deputy Prosecutor David Wyser added, "Hopefully immigration will take charge on this. Then he would be held without a bond. If they are going to hold him on immigration status then he can't make bond."