Dad’s grief leads to quest to count deaths caused by illegal immigrant drivers

In the five years since an unlicensed illegal immigrant ran down his son, Don Rosenberg has turned his anger and grief into a mission to answer a seemingly simple question: How many people are killed each year by drivers who don’t belong in the U.S., much less behind a wheel? Drew Rosenberg, a 25-year-old student at Golden Gate University, was riding his motorcycle in San Francisco when Roberto Galo struck him on Nov. 16, 2010. In his frenzied effort to flee the scene, Galo ran over his victim twice. The elder Rosenberg got the news no parent should hear from San Francisco General Hospital that night, but what he would learn over the next few years only compounded his bitterness. As many as 7,500 Americans — 20 per day — are killed annually by unlicensed drivers, and Rosenberg calculates that more than half are the victims of illegal immigrants. Now, by testifying before lawmakers, speaking to parents who have been through the same ordeal and posting his research on his nonprofit’s website,, Rosenberg is shedding light on a frightening number not readily available from government sources.


“Our archives are filled with stories of drunk-driving illegals killing U.S. citizens.”

– William Gheen, Americans for Legal Immigration

I was stunned at what I found,” said Rosenberg, who at 63 is semi-retired from the entertainment and publishing industry. “Not only were unlicensed drivers killing people in numbers only exceeded by drunk drivers, but many times they were barely being punished and many times faced no charges at all.”

Galo, a Honduran, who entered the country illegally but earned temporary protective status, had been cited five months earlier for driving without a license or insurance and heading the wrong way on a one-way street in San Francisco.

After he was convicted of manslaughter, Galo served six weeks in jail and was released. He was deported in 2013 after a years-long legal battle.

Because state and federal highway safety officials do not classify deaths by the perpetrator’s immigration stats, tabulating the deadly toll of unlicensed, illegal immigrant drivers has been a painstaking effort.  Rosenberg has pored through spreadsheets and

studies, piecing together numbers that show his son’s death was neither necessary nor unique. Still, his estimate is just that, and it varies from the guesses of other groups.

“I’ve learned over time that many jurisdictions do not cite license status or immigration status when reporting these statistics, so if anything, the numbers are understated,” he said. “For example, San Francisco doesn’t report either criteria, so Drew’s death defaults to having been killed by a licensed driver who was a citizen.”

Such imprecise government bookkeeping masks a frightening and, critics say, preventable danger. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which obtains state-by-state data from the federal government Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database – found that 20 percent of fatal crashes involved an unlicensed driver. From 2010-2014, there was an average of 32,887 road deaths per year, which would mean 6,577 were caused by unlicensed drivers. Those drivers include citizens with suspended or revoked licenses, and those who never had licenses. But if half are illegal immigrants, it would be in line with Rosenberg’s estimates.

“Our archives are filled with stories of drunk-driving illegals killing U.S. citizens,” William Gheen, of the Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee, told “ It is our official estimate that more than 3,000 U.S citizens lose their lives each year due to the insufficient enforcement of our existing border and immigration law.”Source: Fox



I can attest to the fact the San Francisco police do little to nothing to combat illegal immigrant drivers. When I lived and worked in the San Francisco bay area  My car was struck one night by a pickup truck with 4 Mexicans riding in the bed The truck backed up and sped off and surprisingly I heard a siren and saw the police give chase about three blocks up the road I saw the truck pulled over and the Mexicans were standing on the sidewalk I pulled up in my car and was asked if I was injured, when I said I was not they asked if I had been drinking. I had not and said so. The police took no report and when I asked about the damage to my car they told me that was between myself and my insurance  company the driver had no licence

I barely got the plate number before the cops let them go and that was a Hit and Run. The next day I was informed that My insurance would cover the damage because I had Uninsured driver coverage and the company rep told me the SF police let illegals get away most traffic accidents, charges are only filed when there are injuries.That night opened my eyes as to what a twisted place San Fran was and it was something I wanted no part of. How is it an American city can be good with invaders  infiltrating daily lives and in so many instances leaving dead bodies behind?



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  1. It is good to know how to navigate the streets. Having a car on the road not knowing what you are doing is like having a gun not knowing how to use it. A person driving without knowing what they are doing is like driving drunk without being drunk. That should not be tolerated.

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