On June 9, 2008, 6-year-old Mackenzie Maddox was hit and killed while crossing the street in a suburb of Milwaukee. The man behind the wheel was a previously deported Mexican national.
As the little girl and her mother crossed the street at S. 84th St. and W. Cleveland Ave. in West Allis, the dump truck driven by Jose Rodriguez came speeding through the intersection, striking both the little girl and her mother Andrea.
Mackenzie died at the scene and her mother was taken to Froedtert Hospital with serious injuries, but survived.
Rodriguez was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with driving with a revoked license causing death, a misdemeanor.
The illegal alien racked up multiple convictions in the Milwaukee area, including one for a DUI, according to police.
Only four months before killing Mackenzie, while serving a 30-day sentence in the Kenosha County Jail, Rodriguez was identified by ICE and deported back to Mexico...Obviously, he had no trouble returning.
Despite having no valid driver's license, multiple traffic convictions and being in the country illegally, Rodriguez was working for an Oak Creek waterproofing business and was driving a company vehicle when he hit Mackenzie and her mom.
A portion of Mackenzie’s obituary follows:
"Mackenzie was very special to everyone. We miss you and love you. Mackenzie loved to play with her sister Emma and cousin Kamrin at grandpa and grandma’s house. Mac loved to swim, ride her bike, play hide and seek and help mom bake and cook. She also enjoyed riding ponies and loved horses. She loved to play at McCarty Park and Riverside Park, and helped grandma plant flowers. Mac loved to camp with her family."
Rodriguez was convicted and sentenced to nine months in prison, the maximum sentence possible.
Perhaps, adding further pain to her grief-stricken parents, Rodriguez was also ordered to pay $7,419.74 in “restitution.” Apparently, that's what our so-called justice system deems a 6-year-old girl's life is worth.