Samuel Jackson didn’t march in the Veterans Day parade this year. That’s because the 69-year-old Marine veteran, who had served in the Vietnam War, was killed the day before by 31-year-old Nemias Perez Severiano, a Mexican national who was in the country illegally.
According to CBS 3 in Philadelphia, court records Severiano had spent five hours at a local bar during which time “he consumed seven to eight Modelo beers.”
He informed the detectives that when he left the bar, he was ‘a little drunk.’ Severiano stated he made a stop at Oak and Astor Street and after I turned onto Astor Street, I heard a noise.”
The noise was evidently the sound of his vehicle striking Jackson, who had just exited his own car in front of his home. Severiano paid no attention to the noise and drove off, effectively leaving Jackson on the pavement to die.
Severiano has been “charged with accidents involving death as well as counts relating to allegations that he did not even have a license.”
Severiano is currently being held on a $200,000 bond in Montgomery County. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has requested that should the illegal alien be released at any time that he be turned over to them for arrest and deportation. (RELATED: The U.S. border and the return of an old national defense problem)
Sadly, this case isn’t an uncommon occurrence. In April, a 19-year-old illegal alien living in St. Paul, Minn. struck another car, killing the driver, a father of ten. And in July, a Mexican illegal who has been deported seven times killed a father of three while driving drunk and speeding.
Jackson’s sister is quoted as saying:
My heart is broken, but I know my brother’s in a better place. I know he didn’t suffer. I can’t imagine what his last words were, but at the end of the day, it’s about him and giving him a good burial. I can’t wait until Saturday. I can’t even sleep because I know what is coming.
For the record, the CBS article makes no mention of the fact that Severiano was in the country illegally.