On April 20, 2007 Nicole Allen, 21, of St. Louis County and a junior at the University of Missouri-St. Louis was killed by illegal alien Pedro Santos, 27, in Maryland Heights, MO in a traffic accident. Allen was a passenger in an Acura driven by Larry Lane that was stopped at a traffic light when it was rear-ended by a Lincoln Town Car driven by Santos.
Nicole Allen died at the scene.
The driver of the Acura, Larry Lane, 24, and another passenger, Charles Miller, 28, were seriously injured.
After the accident, Santos ran away, police said. Officers caught him three hours later in nearby woods. Police believe Santos had been drinking and driving. Later, Santos admitted before Judge Michael T. Jamison that he was drunk when the accident occurred.
Santos told police he was an illegal alien and had been working as a cook. He had a Mexican drivers license. State officials said that driving on a Mexican license during a brief visit was OK, but that those who stayed must get a Missouri license.
In November 2007, Pedro Santos plead in St. Louis County Circuit Court to charges of involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of second-degree assault for injuring Lane and Miller. The judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation by the Board of Probation and Parole, and set sentencing for Jan. 10, 2008. The potential penalty ranges from probation to 33 years in prison. "I thought she was a wonderful person and a great student," said Dan Younger, professor of art and art history. "It's just a sad thing that it happened."
This semester, Allen was a student in two of Younger's classes, Advanced Problems in Photography 2 and History of Photography. Younger sent an e-mail Sunday morning informing students in those classes of Allen's death.
In the e-mail, Younger said Allen was a "promising artist" and she was nearing the completion of a "beautiful portfolio of color work" for the AP2 class.
"I am particularly dismayed at the loss of such a potential talent," Younger said in the e-mail, "one whose work may have informed and enlightened us for decades to come during what I can assume would have been an extensive career in art."
Nicole's parents plan to lobby local, state and federal public officials to end programs and legislation that enable illegal immigration and have established the Nicole Allen Memorial Foundation in St. Louis, MO.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Nicole Allen Memorial Foundation care of Citizens Bank, 430 Rue St. Ferdinand, Florissant, Mo. 63031.
Nicole Allen Memorialhttp://nicole-allen.memory-of.com/
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