Husband of Victim Killed in New Year's Car Crash Speaks Out
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCCU) —
Illinois state police, the department of homeland security, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency are all asking for the public's help with a search for a man.
Estoban Juarez Tomas is wanted following a fatal crash on Interstate 74 that happened on New Years day. 54-year-old Ladonna Brady was killed in a two vehicle crash on the holiday
Her husband Eric Brady -- who said she went by the name Jeannie Brady, feels a sense of hope for justice after learning more about the man who killed the woman he loved.
"I just woken up and kind of put it together that the coroner does not bring you good news in the early morning."
Brady said he still recalls the early morning he received the news that forever changed his life, after learning that his wife was killed in the two-vehicle crash.
"Her just wonderful bright smile and, you know you miss her, you just miss her and that's the woman you love," Brady said.
Police said Tomas was never taken into custody, and said after the crash, both Ladonna and Tomas were sent to Carle hospital and Tomas was released after he was treated, and was never seen since.
"I wanted to know who hit her, how did this happen and what did they do, and I still don't understand why they just allowed him to leave the hospital," Brady said. "It's taken me several several months for me to actually put the pieces together and to figure out what has happened."
Brady said he's unhappy with the way officials handled the situation. He was recently invited to DC by ICE.
The agency opened up a new office in the Capitol called "The Voice" that encourages people to report crimes by undocumented immigrants.
"They were able to give me information about Mr. Tomas, his aliases and where they had encountered him and when he was deported and how many times he was deported," Brady said. "That was information that [Illinois State Police] wasn't able to give to me, that was really a wonderful feeling it really felt like someone was on my side."
Brady also said he's thankful that officials continue to search for the man that took his wife's life too soon.
"I was not happy with how they handled the actual accident and I'm still not happy about that, but I do believe the investigation team is doing their due diligence and is working hard," Brady said.
Tomas has several known aliases. Police encourage anyone who may know any information about Tomas to contact ICE at 8-8-8-d-h-s-2-ICE.