Last summer Loretta Robinson of South Carolina received some of the worst new of her life - her son had been killed by a drunk driver.
The woman who allegedly hit Justin Darryl Walker’s car was an undocumented immigrant who never got a South Carolina driver’s license named Anna Gonzalez, but the loss of her son was not the end of Robinson’s trauma.
On Tuesday, Gonzalez pled guilty and was sentenced to 17 years in prison. After Gonzalez entered her plea, Robinson showed the judge bills she was sent, some from the city of Greenville itself, following Justin’s death. Perhaps the most painful was from the city - a bill to have her son’s blood cleaned from the street as well as other debris caused by the accident, which her son did not cause.
On top of the bill for clean up, Robinson has spent thousands of dollars to store her son’s crushed vehicle on the chance the case went to trial and have the car towed.
Since her son died, Robinson says she has had trouble working due to the emotional effects of both the loss of her son and the stress of the bills that followed.
Though the state has victim assistance, it primarily covers funerals, medical costs, and counseling expenses.
Robinson told WYFF 4 she does not expect she will get any money from Gonzalez, who has lived in the U.S. for 12 years.
Though Gonzalez’s drunk driving killed Justin, this story shines a light on a separate issue.
‘We have to be able, as a country, to figure out a way with people here who are illegal and commit crimes,’ Robinson said.