Most parents have mixed emotions as their kid(s) turn 16 and get their driver’s license. Not only is there the added cost for auto insurance but there comes the fear of letting them drive out of the driveway on their own. Yes, there is relief of not having to run them everywhere, and many parents trust their kid(s)’ driving, it’s the other drivers on the road that scares them.
On Friday, March 30, 2007, two teenaged girls, best friends, spent the afternoon together. One of them fixed dinner for the family. Later that night, the girls decided to drive over to a friend’s house. The girls buckled up their seat belts and off they drove. They stopped at a red light, waiting for the light to turn green. That was the last thing either girl did.
While waiting for the light to turn green, they were suddenly rear-ended by another driver. The other driver was drunk and speeding. He hit the girl’s car so hard that rescuers had to cut them out of the crumpled metal before they could render any medical care. One of the girls died at the scene of the accident before she could be taken to the hospital. The other girl died within minutes of arriving at the hospital.
The accident happened around 11:25pm. At 2:15am, in the early dark of Saturday morning, David Kunhardt was woken by police at his door, telling him what every parent of a teenager dreads hearing.
Sixteen-year-old Tessa Tranchant and 17-year-old Allison Kunhardt were dead. The parents of both girls had to go to the hospital and identify their daughters. Can you imagine as a parent seeing your daughter’s body, covered with cuts, blood, tubes still taped to their mouths? Certainly not the last image that anyone would ever want to remember of their child.
The driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Alfredo Ramos, who hit the girls was also buckled up but escaped the accident with minor injuries, probably because he was drunk at the time he hit them. He was arrested and charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter.
However, it was later revealed that Ramos was an illegal alien who had been arrested twice prior to the accident and both times released by then Governor Tim Kaine’s policies. Yes, this is the same Tim Kaine that ran as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate.
Two weeks later, Ray Tranchant, father or Tessa, appeared before a House joint-panel where he testified:
“Two years ago this week, my 16-year-old daughter, Tessa, and her best friend Allison were killed as they were sitting at an intersection waiting for a red light to change.”
During his testimony, Tranchant referred to illegal aliens on the list of Immigration and Customs Enforcement with criminal records as ‘bandito’. A liberal Democrat, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) displayed typical liberal defense of illegals when he reacted to the statement and responded:
“Mr. Tranchant, can I share with you as the father of two daughters, I thank you for bringing your testimony here, but I suggest to you that if we refer to people as banditos, as you referred to them in your testimony, it does not help to solve the problem.”
In 2010, Tranchant wrote:
“My 16-year-old daughter, Tessa, was killed by an illegal immigrant in Virginia Beach three years ago while sitting at a stop light. Her friend Ali Kunhardt, 17, also perished instantly.”
“Beautiful girls with tons of future plans, they had just stopped at a convenience store for a pack of gum at 10 on a Friday night. I can imagine that they were giggling about something as they waited for the red light to turn green. Tessa was in the passenger seat. I’ll never forget her laugh.”
“The explosion was so loud that witnesses said it sounded like a bomb going off, hit from behind by a black Mitsubishi going more than 70 mph. They were tiny, skinny little girls stuffed somewhere in the floorboards when the police and EMT crew arrived.”
“When I got to the hospital in what seemed like a dream sequence, Tessa’s bed was lying next to Ali’s, separated by a privacy curtain. Both girls were perfectly still, skin cold to the touch.”
‘Tess was covered with a hospital blanket, and her clothes lay in a bag by her bedside, cut off by the EMT and the ER doctor who tried to revive her, to no avail. I looked at her large brown eyes, pupils dilated, eyes wide open, staring at the ceiling. She still had a mask taped to her mouth with a long rubber tube. The center of the tube was filled with bright red blood.”
In September 2016, Tranchant and his family appeared with then candidate Donald Trump who promised to build a border wall secure the border and deport illegal aliens, especially those with criminal records.
On the tenth anniversary of his daughter’s tragic death, Ray Tranchant spoke out that for the first time since the accident happened, he feels that justice might finally be coming to sanctuary cities, like Virginia Beach:
“This isn’t hard. If you’re in a city and you could have a criminal and he doesn’t speak English and haul him off to jail, it isn’t hard to dial the number to ICE and get a background check, and it eventually takes you off the sanctuary city list. I don’t know why the larger cities like Chicago that have 30,000 illegal aliens think that that makes their city better and safer. I just can’t, for the life of me, figure that out.”
Referring to President Trump, Tranchant stated:
“I think it’s his number one priority and why he got elected. People see that these sanctuary cities as being unsafe.”
“If they had sanctuary, the Arabs could do their Sharia Law. South of Chicago there was 700-800 murders and they could be anonymous and we wouldn’t know whether they’re in the city or not. It doesn’t make sense.”
Tranchant has become an advocate against illegal immigration and works with AngelMoms.com, an organization of moms and dads who have lost children to the actions of illegal aliens. He is hoping that Trump keeps his promise and shuts down sanctuary cities as well as secure the border and deport many illegal aliens.