Raul Silva Corona Identified as Wrong-Way Driver Who Killed Mesa Police Officer

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The Maricopa County medical examiner identified Raul Silva Corona as the wrong-way driver who hit Mesa Police Officer Brandon Mendoza early yesterday morning, killing both of them.

People had reported to police that a driver was going the wrong-way on Loop 101 near Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in North Scottsdale, and Corona managed to drive the wrong way about 30 miles -- including the entire length of State Route 51 -- before fatally colliding with Mendoza.

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Mendoza wasn't even on-duty at the time. He had just finished his shift, and was driving his personal vehicle when Corona hit him.



The Arizona Department of Public Safety had an officer positioned at south end of the 51, but Corona managed to swerve his SUV around him. Corona made it onto the wrong side of Interstate 10, and then onto the HOV ramp that connects with U.S. 60 -- which is where Corona hit Mendoza, head-on.

Mendoza, 32, had been with the police department since 2001.

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ms.bebe.magoo
ms.bebe.magoo

http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/Wrong-way-driver-in-Arizona-crash-was-drunk-5482114.php


PHOENIX (AP) — A wrong-way driver who killed an off-duty police officer in a head-on collision on a Phoenix-area freeway ****had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, authorities said Thursday.


Officer Carrick Cook, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman, said Raul Silva Corona's blood-alcohol content was 0.238 percent. A driver is presumed to be intoxicated in Arizona at 0.08 percent.


Corona, 42, collided with Mesa Police Officer Brandon Mendoza after driving 35 miles in the wrong direction on three freeways early Monday morning. At one point, a police officer had slowed traffic and tried to ram the SUV Corona was driving, but Corona swerved and continued on.


Mendoza, a 13-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department, was on his way home from work when he was killed.


Court records show that Corona pleaded guilty to a 1994 criminal conspiracy charge in Adams County, Colorado, and prosecutors dismissed charges of burglary, assault and leaving an accident scene. His sentence and more details about the charges against him weren't available.


****U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Corona was a native of Chihuahua, Mexico, who had entered the United States without permission.


Corona's family members have said Corona had been drinking hours before the crash. Corona's two sons have said the family had spent part of Sunday together and they tried to stop their father from drunken driving that day by taking his keys, but he grabbed a spare set and left several hours before the crash.


LiberalsFavoriteSong
LiberalsFavoriteSong

Raul Corona was a simple gardener only desiring a better life for his family. He was most likely injected with alcohol by a racist nativist trying to tarnish Obama. I suspect a conspiracy involving Joe Arpiao. Oh, and this was initiated by GW Bush.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

The authorities have no idea of who this guy was just a name , no ssn, no driver license number no birth certificate no family coming forward nothing but they seem to have a  name for him, most likely it came from his wallet and it probably reveals information the Hispanics activists do not want published.

Tony Ellis
Tony Ellis

Thank you for your service, sir. Rest in peace.

Jesus E Tafoya
Jesus E Tafoya

An illegal immigrant just has to keep on fucking it up for the good illegal immigrants out there doing the right thing.

turitrue
turitrue

If you are a cop or in the law enforcement please read - praying is wonderful but we can do much more to save their lives... Please be curious and help me http://www.drturi.com/police-requiem/  Thank you Dr. Wikipedia Dr.Turi

2Cute
2Cute

Apparently, Corona had few too many coronas.  Anyone who drove that distance had to be drunk or on meth.

Richard Garrison
Richard Garrison

What difference does it make whether the other driver was illegal or otherwise?

Richard Garrison
Richard Garrison

Let me guess, the officer was also a hero for colliding with the car and potentially saving other motorists lives, correct? It's a tragic reality of life unfortunately.

KalVarnson
KalVarnson

Why was a Mesa police officer in Scottsdale? 

Angel Hernandez
Angel Hernandez

Let's not start another dumb rant here, keep it clean and respectful

Deb Dan
Deb Dan

Question is did Mendoza know of the wrong way driver or did he attempt to stop the driver?

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

another illegal contributing to AZ society.

Joshua Hager
Joshua Hager

Never be able to understand why people do such things.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

it really is sad when you see a officer die like this. i feel horrible for his family. he even sounds like the kind of officer who would be saddened that the other guy lost his life too. just remember, these are the guys that they want to cut the pay of. i truly hope his family has no problems with the insurance. (i know they try to find any way to get out of payouts). what would be nice to add to this story is where and how to make contributions to his family........................i would be more than happy to pitch in, and i hope others on here would at least do something too. 

ms.bebe.magoo
ms.bebe.magoo

Why should Raul Silva Corona have any respect for the USA? Apparently you don't.

Why should Raul Silva Corona have to obey our laws? He had no respect for them, from the day he stepped foot on American soil. Why did he leave Mexico? What if the shoe was on the other foot.  What if you wanted to live in Mexico illegal?


MEXICO IMMIGRATION LAWS


* Foreigners are admitted into Mexico "according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress." (Article 32)

* Immigration officials must "ensure" that "immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance" and for their dependents.(Article 34)

* Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets "the equilibrium of the national demographics," when foreigners are deemed detrimental to "economic or national interests," when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when "they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy." (Article 37)

* The Secretary of Governance may "suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest." (Article 38)

Mexican authorities must keep track of every single person in the country:

* Federal, local and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request, i.e., to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants.(Article 73)

* A National Population Registry keeps track of "every single individual who comprises the population of the country," and verifies each individual’s identity.(Articles 85 and 86)

* A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants (Article 87), and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number (Article 91).

Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, may be imprisoned:

* Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned.(Article 116)

* Foreigners who sign government documents "with a signature that is false or different from that which he normally uses" are subject to fine and imprisonment.(Article 116)

Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons:

* Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished.(Article 117)

* Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years.(Article 118)

* Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121). Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico — such as working with out a permit — can also be imprisoned.

Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population says,

* "A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally." (Article 123)

* Foreigners with legal immigration problems may be deported from Mexico instead of being imprisoned.(Article 125)

* Foreigners who "attempt against national sovereignty or security" will be deported.(Article 126)

Mexicans who help illegal aliens enter the country are themselves considered criminals under the law:

* A Mexican who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison.(Article 127)

* Shipping and airline companies that bring undocumented foreigners into Mexico will be fined.(Article 132)

All of the above runs contrary to what Mexican leaders are demanding of the United States. The stark contrast between Mexico’s immigration practices versus its American immigration preachings is telling. It gives a clear picture of the Mexican government’s agenda: to have a one-way immigration relationship with the United States.

ms.bebe.magoo
ms.bebe.magoo

If this was your father or brother, son, uncle, cousin, that was killed by a drunk driver, would it matter? 


wtf...
wtf...

are you referring to Mesa Police Officer Brandon Mendoza?

marcy
marcy

@danzigsdaddy  

Do you think it is more or less sad than when Joe Citizen dies?


They aren't cutting their pay, stop making stuff up.



unmoved
unmoved

@danzigsdaddy when cops start pitching in to aid the families of the people that they kill, I'll consider your hopes. but it won't be much consideration and it won't last long.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@marcy not trying to argue, but this is what i was referring to

www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/phoenix-police-officers-fighting-pay-concessions

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@marcy yes i do find it sad when a citizen dies, and i didnt say they cut their pay, they were debating it recently. i dont like seeing anybody die Marcy,

Original-American
Original-American

@marcy


A good cop just lost his life. And now you're bringing in the argument of citizenship status?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Fair enough. I just don't like seeing anyone die needlessly

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@KalVarnson @TommyCollins    Yikes, that is a weird post, Kal  Varnson. 

TommyCollins
TommyCollins

It's because of cowards like you that it's necessary cops exist.

KalVarnson
KalVarnson

@TommyCollins  I hate cops! They should be like the fire department. Hanging out all RESPECTED... ya know why? Because they dont drive around SNIFFING for a lit match. Police should stay put--then when we CALL them...they may have more respect. This is nothing new- they brought upon the disrespect and hatred. The other day, I came home and was told that a cop came to our apartment complex. Was asking everyone if they know who the owner of a particular car was. All the adults knew to say NO? Of course not.  Then the COP ASKS MY FOUR YEAR OLD who doesnt lie and says Oh ya its blah blah. REALLY?: Thanks PIGGIE for putting my family in danger. My 4 year old ratted out a gang member family... Seriously? 


TommyCollins
TommyCollins

I appreciate your opinion, amigo. Should you take the time to google me, you'd discover my career in law enforcement was one most police officers salivate over.

...but you are entitled to your opinion.

nobodylikesarat
nobodylikesarat

@TommyCollins I hate cops who, when old and tired, try to hang out with the very same people that they harassed for their entire careers. do you know any cops like the ones I'm referring to?

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