Victim: Louella Winton

Louella Winton was killed by an illegal alien driver as she slept in her bed

Perpetrator: Vitalina Bautista Vargas

Crime Description:

Louella Winton was the tragic victim of Vitalina Bautista Vargas, an illegal alien, driving with no license and no experience.   

Mrs. Winton was asleep at 7:00 am on June 27, 2006, when a van, driven by Vargas, crashed through the bedroom wall and threw her into the side of the house next door. Mrs. Winton ended up on the ground, underneath debris, with multiple injuries including four broken ribs, a collapsed lung and head trauma. While hospitalized at Erlanger Medical Center, Mrs. Winton suffered a stroke. Her family kept a constant vigil at her bedside and was later told there was no chance of recovery. (1)  

A neighbor saw the entire incident from her front porch. She said Vargas never slowed down and “all of a sudden went to the far side and went right through the house”.  (1) The perpetrator fled the scene of the horrific accident on foot. (2)  

Mrs. Louella Winton was 91 years old and a resident of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  She was awaiting the birth of a great grandson. (1)  Vargas entered a plea of vehicular homicide in Criminal Court and was given four years probation. Federal authorities deported Vargas with the stipulation that as a convicted felon, she could not apply to return to the United States for 10 years. (3)


1. Loeulla Winton


2. Vehicle Crash's Through A House In Chattanooga By Bill Carson


3. Illegal Alien Charged In Traffic Death To Be Deported