Woman: Morales Didn't Know How to Drive
February 21, 2008, 5:27 PM
The Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles confirms Alianiss Morales has a valid Minnesota I.D. card, but does not have a driver's license. She's been in trouble before for driving without a license.
Alianiss Morales received a ticket in May 2006 for driving without a license. The call came into police that Morales jumped the curb in Montevideo and drove into a woman's yard. And that she apparently had no idea how to operate a car.
"She never should have been allowed behind a wheel of a vehicle. Because it was very obvious to me she didn't have a clue what she was doing," says Sandra Keding from Montevideo, Minn.
Keding has seen Alianiss Morales drive. And she'll never forget it.
"I heard this gravel flying, like a car speeding. I stood up and looked out the window and she was coming right for the house. Right up on the curb and right up to the house. What stopped her, I don't know," she says.
Keding says Morales, now in custody after the school bus accident that killed four kids, was more than an inexperienced driver.
"It was very obvious to me she didn't not know how to drive," she says.
After Morales jumped the curb and almost crashed into Keding's house, Keding helped move the vehicle back onto the street.
Sandra Keding: She got back in the car and acted like she didn't know what a shift knob was for.
Lou Raguse: On an automatic?
Keding: On an automatic, yes. She got back in the car and drove off, and she was driving down the wrong side of the street at that time yet.
Raguse: Did she look frazzled?
Keding: Yes, very frazzled, Very nervous. Very shaky.
Keding helped police stop Morales that time. And now knowing that Morales may have been responsible for the deaths of four children in an accident that could have been prevented... Keding believes justice needs to be done.
"She definitely needs to pay the consequences. Whatever our laws will permit them to do, I think needs to be done to her," Keding says.
Keding didn't realize that Morales was the same woman who almost drove into her house until contacted by KELOLAND News.
She says the bus accident really hits close to home, as Montevideo is not far from Cottonwood.
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