22-year-old Jan Michael Nieves Delgado, who was convicted of hitting and killing 2 highway workers back in 2014 while driving under the influence of alcohol, attempted to use GoFundMe to pay for his restitution.
2 men, who were working with the construction crew on a bridge over I-10 were hit by Delgado while he was driving with a BAC level of 0.118.
54-year-old Jimmy Joe Broadstreet and 39-year-old James Green were killed on 27th of May for which Delgado was found guilty by an El Paso County jury.
Delgado was serving in the Army and was sent to Fort Bliss before the accident.
He was sentenced to a 10-year suspended prison term and was ordered to pay the amount of $10,000 in restitution to the victim’s families; he attempted to gather the funds through GoFundMe.
He created a GoFundMe campaign on 18th of June and the statement included in this GoFundMe campaign was, “Back in 2014 I made a big mistake while being enlisted in the Army, ended up being kicked out unfairly and even though I got probation since I was involved in an accident, now I have to pay $10,000 in restitution to fix all damages. It’s really hard to pay that much back when you have probation and it becomes so hard to find a job and then when you find a job you don’t make enough. Please help me pay this back and get some weight off my shoulders. THANK YOU SO MUCH!”
After the relatives of the victim saw the campaign, he removed it. The family members of the victim showed anger through social media. It was confirmed by GoFundMe that the campaign was taken down by Delgado.
Krystina Thompson, who was one of the family members of the victim, said, “I thought it was disgusting that he would try to make himself out to be a victim of circumstances HE created. He should be grateful that his only penalty is monetary, instead of having to suffer the loss of a family member like my family and James Green’s family.”
News Source: www.Chron.com