Illegal immigrant, five times deported, charged in fatal LA crash

March 7, 2017

Sandra Duran

A 45-year-old Mexican national who has a long criminal history and has been deported from the United States five times is sitting in Los Angeles County Jail on murder and DUI manslaughter charges. [LA Daily News]

Estuardo Alvarado, 45, allegedly struck and killed Arleta woman Sandra Duran, 42, while fleeing the scene after hitting a parked car. Duran’s son, Christian Galban, 18, and his girlfriend Stephanie Garcia, 18 were in the car at the time of the crash. Both Galban and Garcia suffered injuries but survived.

The crash occurred on Feb. 19 on Sepulveda Boulevard in North Hills. Alvarado allegedly tried to pass some vehicles and struck a parked car. Then, after stopping briefly, he fled at high speeds, ran a red light and T-boned into the driver’s side of Duran’s Toyota Camry.

Alvarado, who was living illegally in Lakeview Terrace, was deported five times between 1998 and 2011. He has been charged with more than 20 felonies and misdemeanors since 1990, court records show.

The charges include being a felon in possession of a weapon, possession of marijuana for sale, the sale or transport of a controlled substance and driving under the influence. Alvarado has been convicted of several charges, including DUI, possession of marijuana for sale and misdemeanor hit-and-run. Several cases against him were dismissed or not prosecuted or the conclusions are unclear.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say Alvardo has been on their radar for years.

Duran’s sister Lisa Morales, 36, is an LAPD officer who works in the division where the fatal accident occurred. Morales was on maternity leave at the time her sister was killed.

Morales said when she showed up at the scene of the crash her partners knew that it was her sister, and it was very traumatic.

“It’s a great concern because this could have been prevented,” Morales said. “It’s sad and it’s unfortunate. It’s going to happen not just to my family but to other families.”

The fatal Los Angeles crash occurred just days before President Donald Trump announced plans to create an office within the Department of Homeland Security called Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE). Trump said during a speech to Congress last week that the office would give a voice to “those who have been ignored by our media and silenced by special interests.”

Alvarado is currently charged with five felonies, including murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He is being held at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail on $2.23 million bail.


Hey media elites, this is the reason Donald trump was elected president of the United States. It’s this simple. How can anyone not understand the lack of common sense involved in what lead to this beautiful life being taken.

People are pissed off at you politicians. Smarten up and enforce the laws of this nation. If you had, her children would still have a mother.


I wonder if the LA police called ICE, or do they have to read about Estuardo Alvarado here?


One more perfect example of why this country must “belly up to the bar” and decide who we are as a nation.

Either we continue as we have; believing this country is somehow more understanding and sympathetic to all the ‘less-fortunate’ failures of other countries (offering all kinds of benefits that our own citizens do not get)


We (as all other civilized nations) accept the fact that there are laws that must be followed.

Anybody, citizen or not, must be held accountable for their actions and accept the consequences. The idea of ‘sanctuary’ cities is total nonsense,

As much as how bad this may sound – I wonder what it will take for the leaders of some of these ‘sanctuary’ cities to face facts. Must a member of their own families have to be killed by someone who is here illegally or would even that make a difference?

So I am all in favor of Building the Wall ( build it as high as possible). Either we are a nation

of laws or we are not a nation. The idea that people from other countries receive benefits and are treated much different than our own citizens, just because of where they came from

is 100% ridiculous.


Thanks for nothing California Democrats. You people have no credibility left in me. I am just glad that the person looking back in the mirror is not me. Sanctuary cities and the State are being run by Cowards. Stand up for OUR Country. RIP Sandra Duran.


How can anyone still be in favor of sanctuary cities? This poor family.


And this is why ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS must go…and stay gone!


Sentence the Victim Sandra Duran “who is dead by the way” to house arrest? Interesting HMM. However I think the better approach would be to sentence the perp Mr Alvarado.


OUTRAGEOUS!! And sanctuary cities only compound this HUGE problem of Illegals continually BREAKING OUR LAWS. What is WRONG with our politicians and people in government who want to keep sanctuary cities??? I am dumbfounded. The one side will use this line in other instances…”if one child can be saved…blah, blah, blah”….then why the hell doesn’t this apply to trying enforce our laws to HELP PREVENT these crimes. Oh, yes, we have crime committed by American citizens, everyone “gets” that HOWEVER the illegals should NOT BE HERE…they have broken our laws to be here and then if they are picked up for something else then by golly OUT THEY GO or if repeat offenders LOCK THEM UP!! This article sickens me and I pray for the families of the victims. I hope the SOB that killed the young woman would get the death penalty and then we won’t have to worry about his sorry ass coming back in our Country illegally ever again!


I would sentence her to house arrest and to be placed in the house of either Jerry Brown, the Mayor of San Francisco or Nancy Pelosi.


What do you mean “HER”??? The woman, Susan Duran, who was struck and killed? Her sister who is an LADP officer? The MAN who committed this crime is named Estuardo Alvarado. So you read the words “Mexican National,” saw a picture of a Latina Woman, and assumed she was the perpetrator and not the victim. This is emblematic of the blind hatred of immigrants surging through this country right now. A country settled by, you guessed it, immigrants. Respect yourself and spend a little more time to understand a topic before touting your ill conceived opinions.


I guess I’ll beg for forgiveness. I will change my comment to the perpetrator since with all of the gender issues these days I don’t know who is who anymore, not even in the bathroom.

I have no hatred although I do have a very serious disliking for criminals and I’ll include all colors if that will make you happy.


I’m glad you are so graceful as to blame the accused instead of the dead woman. And blaming this mistake on transgender issues is tangential. If all you can understand is well propagandized partisan talking points then I’ll put it like this: by misunderstanding this story and propagating false assumptions you are responsible for creating FAKE NEWS!


Please grant me sanctuary status for my error. The only problem though is that I’m legal so I reap no benefits for my mistake.


I’m sorry the person who allegedly committed the crime was not an immigrant. As you can see in the article you pointed out that he was a “Mexican National” which makes the person an undocumented immigrant,who has violated the laws of this country over 20 times and was deported 5 times and now has killed a person. Nice red herring though, trying to bring the transgender issue into this because of the previous posters mistake. You could have pointed out, nicely that, he commented incorrectly on the perpetrators gender. Instead you went full nuclear on the poster. That’s the problem with today’s discussions. Everybody jumps to the most extreme conclusions on any matter.


I’ll extend the sentiment to all you thumbs-uppers who also did not take the time to actually read this story.


I hope all of this doesn’t surprise you Unreasoned, as this country now is a fearful one rather than the “Home of the Brave”…

(You’ll find Rupert Murdock’s quote quite interesting considering the way Fox News perpetrates the current political regimes play on fear.)

We’ll go ballistic over this death (we should be angry as any death at the hands of anyone is wrong), get all “America First” and then go out in public where you’re over 50 times more likely to be killed by a cop then by any undocumented person and we call for no real change that would curb that. We won’t call for any real change in a county jail that has 15 deaths in the past year and-a-half but are up-in-arms over this? I know that if we were to hold “rallies” over these two subjects, death at the hands of undocumented persons and at the hands of LEA’s, the folks showing up for the undocumented persons would far out-number the ones showing up for the other.

We now live in a culture planned and perpetrated to have us scared of EVERYTHING except what we should be scared of, the current political regime hell bent on doing away with our basic rights and liberties.

griffleroy talked about your “red herring” while ignoring our government’s “blue whale” of disinformation, misinformation and out-and-out lies that show definitively that our country is being murdered little-by-little, day-by-day by those who are charged with its protection.

A wall wouldn’t have kept this guy from entering this country, more stringent immigration laws surely wouldn’t have; in a free and democratic society not walled off from the rest of the world this kind of shit will always happen, it’s inevitable!

Get used to it? No, never! But putting it into the proper perspective when being angered over it would effect real change…

Just something else to chew on…

To date there has been almost 2,700 hundred deaths due to gun violence in this country, 2,700!


“To date there has been almost 2,700 hundred deaths due to gun violence in this country, 2,700!”

Should have read…

“This year to date there has been almost 2,700 hundred deaths due to gun violence in this country, 2,700!”


That would be 40 people a day have died of gun violence since January 1st, 2017…

40 people a day and yet no body bitches about that. Nope, get the Mexicans out and we’ll be soooooo much better off! Ignorant ass citizens that can’t see past their governments redirection is susceptible to any f***in’ thing, any f***in’ thing! Including having an idiot for their potus…

Thanks for that all…