Plea from DA to help victim's family in crash


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Updated: 12/18/2012 9:22 am Published: 12/17/2012 10:40 pm


The family of a father killed by a suspected drunk driver could go without another Christmas.

In a unique plea, prosecutors with the Tulsa County District Attorney’s office are reaching out for your help.

"There isn't an advertisement for this family, there isn't a spokesperson. They are voiceless and unfortunately with the immigrant community they are even more powerless," said Tulsa County Assistant D.A. Ben Fu. "The blow back, the defilade from a very careless act in the middle of rush hour traffic. Everyday this family is re-victimized."

On October 27th, 2011, authorities said accused drunk driver, Stanley Campbell, 71, hit and killed 53-year-old Jesus Solcido Sr., while he was driving to work in the early morning hours on the Sand Springs Expressway.

Campbell is accused of First-Degree Manslaughter and is awaiting trial.

Mr. Solcido was married to Maria for 36 years. They came to Tulsa 20 years ago to pursue the American dream. "He was a wonderful husband," said Maria.

She needed a translator, but not for the emotional pain she showed on her face as she cried telling her husband’s story.

"My life changed,” said Mrs. Solcido.  "I am very hurt.”

His son, Jesus Solcido, Jr. said his dad was the hardest worker he knew.

"He was a very kind man," said Jesus Solcido Jr. "His only goal in life was to provide a roof and food on the table for his family and he was the best dad."

All of that was taken away when Jesus Sr. was killed in a seven-car pile up.

"If my husband would be here my life would be different,” said Maria Solcido.

A suspected drunk driver caused the crash.

"That man hurt my heart very much," said Mrs. Solcido. "He destroyed my life."

Prosecutors said three hours after the crash Campbell’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

When Jesus Sr. died Maria said she lost her health insurance. Jesus Sr. worked at Tubes Inc. In Sand Springs and had health insurance but that went away after he died. He didn’t have health insurance either. She is undocumented and doesn’t has survived cancer twice and has Type 2 Diabetes and hasn’t had medication in more than a year.  

"Since he has been gone I haven't seen a doctor I have no medication for diabetes," said Maria Solcido.


With a 15-year-old granddaughter and a three-old grandson she can’t afford food.
Jesus Jr. has had to move in with his mother and help.

"Sometimes I look in the fridge and I think yikes, there isn’t enough a food for my little ones and her little ones, it's tough,” said Jesus Jr.

They also bought a home but she can’t afford the payments. Her mortgage was frozen to help after the father died but she is on the brink of being homeless.

Jesus Sr. works several jobs to help provide for his mother, niece and nephew but he knows he has big shoes to fill, literally.

"My tennis shoes size is 9.5. His were an 8. His shoes fit big. It takes a lot to be my dad. I try. I try,” said Jesus Jr.

Prosecutor Fu said the Solcido family lives in a culture where they don’t ask for help.

"The pain they suffer, they are not used to ask for help and they are embarrassed to do so I think. But they desperate and they are not asking for themselves. His mother is sick and his nieces and nephews are hungry and they don't have Christmas,” said Fu.

He said outside of the courtroom they are helpless for victims.

“No one wants to feel helpless but prosecutors hate it even more because we have authority in our job and we do have a lot of ability to see certain results but they all happen in this courtroom. But once we leave this courtroom, we are powerless as everyone else,” said Fu.

Prosecutor Fu wishes he could do more than bring justice to the Solcido family.

"I wish I could reach out for everybody but there is nothing the justice system can do to really bring justice to this family,” said Fu.

He is pleading with the community to help a family simply make ends meet.

"Some people are from other places and they speak a different language but they are your neighbors and they are working to make this a better city," said Fu.

The Victims Compensation Fund generates money through fines and punishment and only pays for a few costs such as funeral expenses.

If you would like to help donate items you can drop them off at FOX23 News at 2625 S. Memorial Dr. Tulsa, OK, 74129. The granddaughter is age 15 and wears shoe size 7.5 and in clothes she wears a aize five. The grandson is age three and wears a 4T and his shoe size is 9.
 
Jesus Jr. works at a cabinent shop and builds solid surface countertops. He also knows about drywall, sheetrock and just learned how to be a mechanic.

A bank account is being set up to accept monetary donations.

For more information e-mail FOX23’s Abbie Alford aalford@fox23.com.

Prosecutors expect this will go to trial at the beginning of next year.

Stanley Campbell is out on bond.

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