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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.

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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