Fatal Death Anniversary

By: Jason Lanning
By: Jason Lanning

July 17 is the one-year anniversary of the deadly traffic accident that claimed the lives of 47-year-old Barbara Traszka and her nine-year-old son David.

Police say Traszka pulled out in front of a Jeep driven by 17-year-old Francisco Ramirez.

But, 23 News has learned Ramirez shouldn't have been behind the wheel to begin with.

He had been stopped two times prior to the fatal crash for driving without a license. Prior to the accident, Ramirez was stopped not once, but twice for driving without a license.

On both occasions, traffic tickets show Ramirez lied about his date of birth and middle initial; lies that may have helped him evade police and that may have kept him on the road.

Even more surprising, despite hard evidence that Ramirez gave false information, a Winnebago County jury just yesterday - acquitted Ramirez on all counts of obstruction of justice.

The Traszka family says there is a loop hole in the system, and fear hundreds, possibly thousands of drivers like Ramirez are on Illinois roadways every day.


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