After 11 years, Billy Inman remains dedicated to his crusade for immigration reform and the capture of an illegal immigrant who collided with the Inmans’ car, killing 16-year-old Dustin and permanently disabling Ms. Inman.
As part of his one-father mission, Mr. Inman came to Jasper Monday to focus attention on the case as part of a swing through North Georgia. Inman said June 16 was the 11th anniversary of the wreck at an intersection in Ellijay that forever altered his family’s life.
On that fateful day, the Inman family was on their way to Hiwassee for a Father’s Day celebration with other relatives.
The man who ran the red-light and hit them, later identified as Gonzalo Harrell Gonzalez, has never been caught. He was in this country illegally at the time.
In 2006, it was thought that Gonzalez had been apprehended, but it turned out to the man’s brother, also in this country illegally. Inman said the fact that his brother was here illegally is evidence that the driver may still be here.
Inman said with the heightened attention to immigration this year in Georgia as a result of recent legislation, he is optimistic that some of the new checks may turn up the man who drove the car that day.
“I am still hopeful that he will be caught,” said Inman. “I realize that won’t bring my son back. But I want something done to make our system work.”
Inman said he hopes his relentless campaigning over the past decade may have played a small role in bringing immigration reform in this state. Inman said he doesn’t get involved with the lawmakers directly, prefering to talk to “everyday people” about the problem and the need for them to get involved in politics.
“I don’t blame anyone who wants to come here legally and work,” he said. “But I want to see our laws enforced.”
Inman’s crusade has been joined by others including some who do lobby the legislature. For more about this, see the http://www.thedustininmansociety.org/.