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Date Set For Jury Trial of Waltham Woman in Coxall Death

Blanca Contreras is facing motor vehicle homicide charges in the death of a Waltham man.

Jury selection for the trial of a Waltham woman charged with motor vehicle homicide is set to begin on March 6, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office.

Blanca Contreras, a 29-year-old Guatemalan woman in the country illegally, is charged with motor vehicle homicide in the November 2011 hit-and-run crash that killed Scott Coxall, 39, of Waltham. Her case is being handled at Waltham District Court.

Authorities say Contreras was driving the car that struck Coxall at the intersection of School and Church streets on Nov. 23, 2011 at around 6 p.m. The car fled the scene but police later arrested Contreras at her home. 

Contreras’s attorney later claimed her boyfriend, William Vasquez, was driving the car that struck Coxall, but the DA’s office says Contreras was the driver. In October of 2012, Vasquez pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied to authorities when he told them he was driving the car.

In April of 2012, a Waltham District Court judge ordered Contreras held in jail without bail pending the outcome of her case. However, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have said once Contreras’s criminal charges are adjudicated, ICE will start the process to deport her back to her home country of Guatemala. 

Full coverage of the case against Blanca Contreras.

moe howard February 01, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Deport her!!!!!! I couldn't imagine the pain the family felt when they lost Scotty. Time for this state to wake up and take action.
ij4239 February 01, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Not sure I understand this so she's here illegally commits a crime will have her day in court which my sure we will pay for. Then get deported which I'm sure we will pay for and I'm sure will take up to another year at least were will she serve her time if convicted in a country in a country that is so overwhelmed with corruption will she actually serve any time if convicted. I also find it absurd that ice only gets involved because she was caught by local police commiting a crime. Why can't ice go to refreshing any given morning Monday through Friday and round up all the illegal immigrants that hang out there waiting to be picked up for jobs that no one else want to do. Or better why are cops afraid to contact ice everytime the pick up a illegal alien for being drunk and disorderly which is now being every other day thing. Is it because as one police officer told me they don't want to deal with the paper work or legal backlash (suing police). Why we bending over backwards for people that don't pay into the system but have no problem abusing it seems to me it's only getting worse with no resolution in site. This is coming from not only a considered tax paying citizen but also a full blooded Latino and public servant
ij4239 February 01, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Meant tedeshis not refreshing
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) February 01, 2013 at 06:04 PM
@Frosty, So true!
Melinda Delarosa February 01, 2013 at 08:12 PM
I am all for deporting, but she will get deported and be able to be free and live her life in her country without punishment. When deported they dont lock u you up in the country you came from, they just say get out of the states. She shud be held right here in jail and serve her punishment. Like always when deported they always find there way right back here to the states. So just because of her crime I say no deportation. And I am just saying.....not trying to start an argument or disagree with you!
Catch Wity February 01, 2013 at 09:15 PM
So does Ice deport people before they serve their sentence or after? Also what ever happened to the husband saying he was the driver?
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) February 01, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Catch Wity, To repeat what is already in the story, ICE would possibly deport her AFTER her trial was complete. Also, we plan to follow up on Mr. Vasquez later.
JohnnyMass February 02, 2013 at 01:46 PM
The police don't arrest illegals for driving unlicensed anymore, because they're sick and tired of seeing bleeding heart judges give them a slap-on-the-wrist $100 fine, and then letting them walk. Illegals are now mostly summonsed to court on the charge, with the possibility being that they might actually show up for their court date.
Tina February 03, 2013 at 08:02 AM
After Blanca Contreras' trial is concluded, she should serve time in a U.S. prison if found guilty. Only after completing her sentence should she be deported. If she is deported before serving her time here, you can bet that Guatemala will not punish her, and she will be free to slink back over the border again! Should she be found innocent or released on personal recognizance, ICE should step in and deport her immediately. I read that she has an anchor baby, but that should not taint the opinions of the judge and jury. The kid must have a father somewhere who could assume responsibility, and after she is released from prison she can take him back with her to Guatemala. I am disgusted by these illegal aliens who cause needless deaths in our city and burden our welfare and judicial systems!
JohnnyMass February 03, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Don't forget to thank people like Barack Obama and Deval Patrick for enabling these border-jumping law breakers. We used to have laws on the books that were actually enforced, but seeing the potential for 10 million or so new votes, these two jerks and their accomplices have no trouble looking the other way!
Neil in Waltham February 04, 2013 at 04:06 AM
@JohnnyMass: Look at the issue without partisan glasses on and you'll see illegal immigration has been a problem for far longer than either of the politicians you mentioned, and was a problem when men of the other party inhabited both offices. The root of the problem is jobs, not government. That businesses are able to hire illegal immigrants is the issue. This is why there is illegal immigration... they aren't coming up here for the cold weather, after all. Hiring illegal workers is the real crime that needs enforcing. It hurts the US in a variety of ways: loss of tax revenue, loss of jobs for citizens, dollars being sent abroad rather than spent locally, etc. Turn off the incentive (jobs) and illegal immigration will slow to a trickle. The votes the politicians are afraid of losing isn't from illegal immigrants (who cannot vote) but from small business owners who wish to cheat the system and pay low wages under the table. They thumb their noses at the free market system (which demands wages rise when a job is undesirable), hurt the economy, and hold politicians ransom for their votes.
JohnnyMass February 04, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Neil-I agree with you wholeheartedly. However, it is the Democrats who are in the majority when it comes to: A. Trying to defeat any chance of E-Verify passage, and B. Attempting at full speed to get these illegals legitimized as soon as possible.
tom vanbuskirk April 23, 2013 at 11:21 AM
that would depend on your state. over here on the west coast,if its a gross misdemeanor,they deport them asap but are in jail untill then. if its a felony,they serve whatever the sentence is first then get sent back. this being a hit and run,with a fatality,is sure to be several felony charges. so its all on that states own laws. and from the way its worded in this article,as soon as court proceedings are finale she'll be deported. so she will only be locked up for however long shes been in jail so far,and however long it takes to conclude the case. so unless ice drag their feet (which they do sometimes) she wont be locked up even a year.

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