A South Carolina woman faced tragedy last June when a drunk driver killed her oldest son.
But the still-grieving mother, Loretta Robinson, is now being billed for the various charges associated with the accident, including a $50 charge to clean her son's blood off the road.
Justin Walker, Robinson's deceased son, was not found at fault for the accident. The accused driver, Anna Gonzalez, tearfully pleaded guilty in court last Tuesday, the Daily Mail reported.
According to MSNBC, the undocumented woman had been living in the United States for 12 years, but never got a South Carolina driver's license. Gonzalez was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
Robinson was on hand in court to express her outrage at the bills she's received since losing her son.
"I had to pay to have the vehicle towed. I had to pay for the vehicle removed and to clean up the street from Justin's blood," Robinson said. According to WYFF, Robinson also paid to have the wrecked car stored for months in case there was a trial.
The South Carolina State Office of Victims Assistance offers a combined total of up to $15,000 for medical, funeral, counseling and wage compensation for the families of victims of crime.
According to NBC Greenville, Robinson received some money from the victim's assistance office, but it did not cover the costs of cleanup or storage.
There has been some recent controversy about the crime rate among undocumented immigrants in the United States.
In March, the Scott Gardiner Act, a bill that would authorize the deportation of any undocumented immigrant convicted of drunk driving, was reintroduced to Congress by Representatives Sue Myrick and Mike McIntyre, News 14 Carolina reported.
"We have to be able, as a country, to figure out a way with people here who are illegal and commit crimes," Robinson told WYFF.
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