Thousands of people showed up on Saturday to sign a petition that calls for action to be taken against a judge who set a low bond in a serious crime. Eswin Mejia’s bond was set at 10% of $50,000. The illegal immigrant from Honduras is accused of causing a deadly car accident while intoxicated on January 31st in Omaha.
The victim, 21 year old Sarah Root had just graduated from Bellevue University that day with a 4.0 grade average. Sarah’s mother, Michelle Root says another event is in the works for this Saturday. Root says these are complaint forms that hope to get Judge Jeffrey Marcuzzo out of office sooner or get the message out for voters not to let him back in office in November.
Root says, “What we want out there is he (Judge Marcuzzo) looked at the drunk driving charge, which in my mind, if there is a death involved there should be no bond. Let the trial sort that out.”
Root also gives more insight as to the timetable of events during Sarah’s death. She says the family was at the hospital with Sarah the day of the accident. She was told by police that Mejia was also in the hospital but would soon be taken to corrections and booked. Root says the family told the officer that Sarah had no brain function and was clinically dead at that time.
Root says, “Because of the giving person Sarah is, and even was after life, she donated her organs. We had to keep her on a ventilator until those recipients were put in place. That took place on Wednesday. They put him in front of the judge on Friday knowing good and well Sarah was dead. The judge, the defense attorney ignored that. I’m almost positive they knew that at that time.”
Root was so pleased with Saturday’s turn out and thanks Nebraskans and Iowans for all their support through this difficult time. She says people came from all over the state to sign the petition. She was very touched that one woman wanted to come and offer support because she believed her daughter received one of Sarah’s kidneys. The next petition signing event is being planned for Saturday, April 9th and 78th and Dodge Street in Omaha.