Exclusive: America’s Most Forgotten – A Previously Deported Illegal Alien Murders Pre-Med Student in Drunk Driving Incident
by CAROLYN COOKE, AMERICA’S MOST FORGOTTEN: THE VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIME
August 26, 2009
Editor’s note: This is the next in a continuing series about the forgotten victims of illegal alien crime – weekly stories you do not see in the mainstream media.
America’s Most Forgotten is dedicated to all of the innocent people and their families who have been victimized by illegal aliens as a result of the refusal of our elected officials to enforce United States immigration law and to secure our borders. Americans remain unprotected from this unwanted invasion of unidentified people from across the world. No region of the country has been spared and the citizens presented come from all walks of life. Crisscrossing the nation, we have a predominantly African-American neighborhood in LA, then we skip to an affluent, successful woman in New York City and then to a rural Mississippi family hoping to escape big city crime and then to a Native American in small town. And on, and on, and on…
Ryan Ostenforf – Kansas
A drunk, speeding and previously deported illegal alien, driving on the wrong side of the road, killed a 28- year-old paramedic and pre-med student at Kansas University.
Ryan Ostendorf, 28 years old, was working part-time as a paramedic with American Medical Response Ambulance Service in Topeka while he finished his senior year at the Kansas University. He was a biology major and intended to go to medical school. He dreamed of being a cardiologist.
Meagan Kennedy was Ryan’s soul mate. Meagan was also a paramedic and they met when Ryan began working for the ambulance service. They dated for five years. Megan attended pre-med classes at KU with Ryan and also planned to become a physician. They were engaged to be married.
An American love story, a match made in heaven – until an intoxicated, speeding, and previously deported illegal alien, who wanted to show how “bad” he was, shattered the dreams and aspirations of this young couple.
On the evening of December 5, 2005, paramedics from the American Medical Response team were called to respond to a fatal wreck east of the city. They had no idea until they arrived that the victim of the crash was Ryan, co-worker, roommate, friend and fiancée. Meagan was a member of the team summoned to the crash.
Ryan was driving to work at the same time an illegal alien, Victor Anzua-Torres, was speeding between 70 and 80 mph down the wrong side of the highway in a Cadillac Escalade that belonged to Dianna Quesada, his girlfriend. Anzua-Torres hit Ryan’s Jeep head-on and slammed it backward down the asphalt. Anzua-Torres had a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.
Ryan died of “multiple crush injuries, including two fractures at the base of his skull and several tears of the heart, including one that broke the aorta, the major artery leaving the heart, in two,” according to testimony by a deputy district coroner reported by Steve Fry of the Topeka Capital-Journal. He also had a “fractured spine, fractured ribs and extreme injuries to the liver.”
Witness Cindy Ballau testified at the trial of Anzua-Torres that she was driving with her daughter on highway U.S.-40 highway 8:30 p.m. It was snowing and the roads were bad. Ballau was driving around 45 mph in the 55 mph zone. A car, traveling 70-80 mph came up behind Ballau’s pick up truck and she grabbed her daughter, saying, “Oh my God, no!” “I just knew we were going to be hit,” she said. The speeding car swung into the oncoming lane.
The next thing Ballau recalled was a loud “boom” and breaking glass. There was no way Ryan could have gotten out of the way, she told the family through tears.
Jose Martinez, a passenger in Anzua-Torres’ car, testified he had begged the driver to pull over and not to travel in the oncoming lane. “He could have gotten over if he wanted to,” Martinez stated before the jury in the Shawnee County Courtroom.
"He set out to hurt somebody that night," District Attorney Karen Wittman said. She stated that a “friend had tried to drive, but although Anzua-Torres was drunk, he insisted on getting behind the wheel to show everyone how ‘bad’ he was.” She told the court the defendant acted with “extreme indifference to the value of human life.” When a Kansas state trooper attempted to question Anzul-Torres at the emergency room, he responded with “Have respect. I’m sick.” He showed no concern for Ryan or for Quesada who was in the front seat of car when it crashed.
Seventeen members of Ryan’s family, many friends and co-workers attended the trial. Many of them sobbed as the jury convicted Anzua-Torres of second-degree murder in the Shawnee County District Court. Anzua-Torres requested the judge permit him to change attorneys before the sentencing hearing, as he did not think he was well represented by the court appointed defender. His request was denied.
Meagan spoke at the sentencing hearing, saying Ryan was her “soul mate and the love of my life.”
“He wanted to mend broken hearts and he died of one,” Ryan’s mom, Jo Ann Ostendorf told the judge and jury. She wore Ryan’s lab coat. Ryan was granted a degree from Kansas University after his death. She spoke of how she would miss Ryan, his “bear hugs and smile.” “I will never hear him say, ‘I love you Mama,” she said. Jo Ann wrote a lovely tribute memorializing Ryan’s life and what he meant to her.
Ryan’s friends and members of his family spoke through tears for two hours of his “compassion, helpfulness and bright future.” When Anzua-Torres took Ryan’s life he “ruined the lives of many,” they told the court. Many spoke of the “hole” his death would leave in their hearts and lives. By all accounts he was an amazing young man with a notable capacity for compassion and the ability to give his injured patients comfort.
Ryan was well known and well-respected by the medical community at Topeka hospitals, the police and fire enforcement agencies. A caravan of ambulances attended Ryan’s funeral at the Grace Cathedral in Topeka, along with a large crowd of family, friends and co-workers.
Gerrit de Boer, Ryan’s biology professor at Kansas University issued a statement, “Ryan was one of my best students. He was exceptional in class and a very likable person…There wasn’t one person who didn’t like him…”
Ryan’s murderer was sentenced to a total of 13 years and nine months in prison, the maximum sentence District Judge Nancy Parrish could require under Kansas law. At the sentencing hearing, Judge Parrish said to Anzua-Torres, “… you will have a life after you get out. That’s not the situation for Mr. Ostendorf.”
Jo Ann Ostendorf reacted to the sentence, “For my son’s life, it is not enough.”
Anzua-Torres received 11 years, six months for reckless second-degree murder, nine months for aggravated battery, one year for DUI and six months for no driver’s license. If he serves 15 percent “good time,” he could be back on the streets of America in 11 years and seven months.
Anzua-Torres had previously been deported in 2000. While in the United States, he had been convicted of a DUI and arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
As a result of his ability to come freely back into the United States, the life of an exceptional American was taken needlessly, creating an indeterminable amount of suffering for those he left behind.
Americans should not have to live in fear in their own neighborhoods.
Enforcement legislation, passed by a few states, has led illegal aliens to leave because the magnets of jobs and taxpayer benefits have been removed. This is a dirty little secret that elected officials in Washington on both sides of the aisle do not want you to know.
Are you concerned about this epidemic of death at the hands of illegal aliens? Tell your elected officials what you think.
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Editor’s note: Ms. Cooke is currently working full-time in Idaho with State Sen. Mike Jorgenson to get immigration enforcement legislation passed there, and therefore must temporarily suspend this series. Please check back in October!
FamilySecurityMatters.orgContributing Editor Carolyn Cooke is an American citizen activist committed to the preservation of a sovereign United States.