The father of a young Iowa woman killed in a car crash by an illegal immigrant gave heart-wrenching testimony before Congress Thursday.

Speaking to members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the father of 21-year-old Sarah Root, whose daughter died in January after an illegal immigrant drunkenly crashed a truck into her vehicle, testified he and his wife identified Sarah’s body at the hospital via a stomach tattoo.

“Her spinal cord was snapped and her skull fractured in two places. Her face was swollen and she was unrecognizable. We identified her by a tattoo on her rib cage that read, ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ with a crucifix,” Scott Root stated.


Mr. Root’s testimony begins at 38:59.

“Edwin [Mejia] was released after four days in jail and after his brother posted 10% of $50,000 which is $5,000 bail. It cost more to bury my daughter,” the Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient said.

The distraught father put forth several questions asking about accountability regarding Sarah’s death, including why Immigration and Customs Enforcement refused to recognize the degree of violence Sarah had suffered.

“According to local officials of ICE, Edwin’s crime did not meet its criteria for the level of violence. Would someone please explain how my daughter who had her spinal cord snapped and skull fractured in two places by a 6,000 pound pickup loaded with 1,000 pounds of roofing equipment that hits my daughter’s 3,000 pound SUV at an estimated 70-80 miles per hour driven by an underage, three times over the limit, .241 drunk driving, drag racing illegal immigrant from Honduras is not violent? Explain to me what is then?”

Scott concluded that had the nation’s immigration laws been properly enforced, his daughter might still be here.

“Her death was avoidable and would not have occurred if not for the failed policies of the Obama administration that allowed the laws to be ignored and an incompetent local judicial system.

Last week, Scott’s wife Michelle also testified before the House Judiciary Committee that her family is not trying to lead an anti-immigration campaign, but is merely seeking justice for their daughter.

“We are not against immigration. Sarah’s grandmother was an immigrant from Vienna, Austria. She did it right, she did it the right way. That’s all we’re asking,” Michelle said.

Read the rest of Scott’s testimony below.


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