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post #1 of 9 Old 05-27-2009, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Girl, 7, drives crashed Jeep to get help after dad is ejected

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7-year-old drives crashed vehicle in attempt to get help
Tuesday, May 26 2009, 6:31 pm
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A 7-year-old Bovina girl drove her father’s crashed Jeep in an attempt get help Saturday night after he was ejected and killed in a rollover east of Clovis.

Guillermo Montes, 40, was pronounced dead around 10 p.m., State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Monday.

The crash occurred on State Road 77, or Pleasant Hill Highway.

Glascock said Montes was speeding and lost control going into a turn, causing his Jeep Cherokee to roll.

Montes’ 7-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Kazza, and 3-year-old son were unrestrained in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

When her father was ejected, Glascock said Elizabeth tried to drive the Jeep to get help, referring to her efforts as heart-breaking.

“She knew he was killed and she was driving to get help in the vehicle,” he said.

“(It took) a lot of courage. ... It’s remarkable anybody could drive after something like that.”

She made it about three miles before a passing motorist saw the girl trying to drive the crashed vehicle and stopped to render assistance, he said.

Responders located Montes’ body and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is being investigated as alcohol related, according to a state police news release.

Glascock said beer bottles were found at the scene and the children made statements that Montes had driven to Clovis to buy beer and was drinking as he headed back to Bovina.

The children were treated at Plains Regional Medical Center for minor bumps and bruises and were turned over to the care of their mother.

Bovina is located about 25 miles north east of Clovis.

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-27-2009, 11:33 AM
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what the hell is wrong with people these days. I feel for that little girl and her brother, and how this will impact them in the years to come. I really do that is terrible.

But.. on a good note. Maybe their life will be better without that ******* to cause any more damage to them..
Who knows what he might of been capable of, he obviously was a drunk/boozer.
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I'm impressed actually that she could drive it. My 9yo daughter can drive my XJ but she has trouble with the clutch in the TJ. More of a reach issue than anything else. Ever since she could reach I have been teaching her how to drive incase there is ever an emergency where I can't or am out of commission. Sad that this little girl had to due to a frankly bad father.

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I am just glad that the kids both survived. sad that he lost his life over booze but at least it wasnt the innocent ones...this time.
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I'm sorry but drunk drivers who kill themselves are no big loss to me. When they get drunk and climb behind the wheel, they are taking chances with every one else's lives as well as their own. Too many innocent people have been injured and killed by thoughtless, selfish, criminal drunks who just have to drive that way.

I'm glad the kid's made it okay, though they will have to live for years with the trauma of seeing their father killed.

It may seem cold, but at least the guy won't kill anyone else now.

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I can fully understand the ire that people feel over drunken drivers. I tend to feel the same way. I would only ask us all to consider this one thought...

Perhaps he was NOT "Clearly a drunk" perhaps he just lost his job that very day and made a really stupid choice. Perhaps he was a really great father who, in depression, made a very poor choice.

Not seat belting his children irks me to a large degree, but again, just a little levity is invited.

Each of us has made poor choices in our lives in some degree, lets not be overly hard on this man, and his obviously poor choice.

God rest his sole, and may he find more peace in the next life than he did here with us.


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Very sad, especially for his kids.


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I can fully understand the ire that people feel over drunken drivers. I tend to feel the same way. I would only ask us all to consider this one thought...

Perhaps he was NOT "Clearly a drunk" perhaps he just lost his job that very day and made a really stupid choice. Perhaps he was a really great father who, in depression, made a very poor choice.

Not seat belting his children irks me to a large degree, but again, just a little levity is invited.

Each of us has made poor choices in our lives in some degree, lets not be overly hard on this man, and his obviously poor choice.

God rest his sole, and may he find more peace in the next life than he did here with us.

x2.. extremely well put, from obviously a very insightful optimistic man..

this guy paid the ultimate price for his mistake, or should i say chain of mistakes obviously, but its both heartwarming that the kids survived unscathed and a little bothersome knowing those kids last memory of their father is of him drinking and driving and seeing him died on the side of the street.. he might have been the biggest a-hole.. but a childs father is a childs father.. it wouldve been better they didnt see it happen.. but anyway...

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That's a sad story all around.
Gutsy effort on the girl's part.
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