Drunk Hispanic arrested for DUI crash that killed two White LDS missionaries

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Fresno, California – A pair of White Mormon missionaries were killed this weekend after police say a drunk driver smashed into their vehicle at a red light. For the crime, police arrested a drunk Hispanic man with six prior DUI convictions.

According to reports, 54-year-old David Alvarado—who is mestizo—now faces a new set of DUI and murder charges. He is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 69-year-old Paul Hardin and his wife, 65-year-old Mary Hardin, after a horrific drunk driving crash on Saturday.

Court documents stated that the Fresno County district attorney pointed to six previous convictions Alvarado possessed for driving under the influence, including DUIs in 1997, 2005, 2006, twice in 2019, and again in 2021.

54-year-old David Alvarado (left) and 69-year-old Paul Hardin and his wife, 65-year-old Mary Hardin (right). Collage: Justice Report.

The crash occurred around 8:30 p.m. Saturday on a northbound highway in a rural area south of Fresno. That’s when police believe the Hardins—a pair of Latter-day Saints Missionaries driving a Nissan Sentra—were stopped at a red light.

Suddenly, a Ford F-250 pickup struck their car from behind, with Alvarado as the driver. Their car was pushed into the rear of a Chevrolet Camaro in front of it. Both Alvarado and the Camaro driver suffered only minor injuries.

Spokesmen for the California Highway Patrol said breath analysis indicated Alvarado’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit at the time of his arrest. On Wednesday, he pleaded not guilty, and a judge set his bail at an appropriate $2.7 million.

David Alvarado, a repeat DUI offender, now faces murder charges after police say he killed a White couple just 7 miles south of the city of Fresno. Photo: YourCentralValley news.

“Today, I am supposed to be in Utah attending my granddaughter’s dance recital. Instead, I will be attending a funeral service for my sister and her husband,” said the sister of Mary Hardin at a court appearance.

“I never want to have another family experience what we are experiencing right now, the grief and sorrow that has been caused by the cruel and careless choices of someone else,” she continued.

Anona Striker, also present in court, insisted that Alvarado must be permanently kept away from alcohol and vehicles for the rest of his life to ensure public safety.

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“This boundary…will ensure that the demands of justice are satisfied, and also keep any other family from experiencing the grief and devastation that we are experiencing right now,” Striker said.

Both victims were said to be senior missionaries from Texas with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Sister Mary Hardin, a full-time service mission alongside her husband Paul, was new to the region, starting their mission in January of 2024. They were beloved members of their community.

“Elder Hardin had been hospitalized since Saturday evening after suffering critical injuries in an accident that claimed the life of his eternal companion, Sister Mary Hardin,” read a statement by the LDS.

69-year-old Paul Hardin and his wife, 65-year-old Mary Hardin, were two senior missionaries for the Church of Latter-day Saints. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, the two moved to the Hispanic-majority city of Fresno before being killed in a drunk-driving crash. Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Our deepest sympathies and condolences go to the Hardin family with the tragic loss of these faithful missionaries. We pray that all who are mourning will be blessed with strength and comforted in their faith in the Savior Jesus Christ,” it continued.

The city of Fresno has long reeled from the effects of demographic change. According to the 2020 US Census Report, the White population is currently sitting at a precarious 23.93%, down from 37.29% in the year 2000. It stares down the barrel of a domineering Hispanic population, which officially became the majority at 50.50%.

Fresno’s battle with racial replacement is one that is currently being fought across the entire state of California. According to the White-Papers Policy Institute, only 35% of California residents are White, with the rest Hispanic (39%), Asian (15%), Black (5%), and mixed race (4%). Among this minority-majority population, a staggering 27% of the state’s population—or about 10.5 million people—is composed of recent (first-generation) immigrants.

Infographic: The White-Papers Policy Institute.

While drunk driving accidents serve as a plague upon all races, the toxic mix of alcohol and non-White drivers has resulted in hundreds of bloody incidents that have negatively impacted American Whites.

In March, a ‘drunk’ and ‘high’ migrant was arrested for a high-speed crash that killed a White father of one in Marysville, Washington. The suspect, Raul Benitez Santana, was said to have slammed his vehicle into a Washington State Police car, killing 27-year-old Christopher Gadd.

In December, a “habitual” drunk driver, identified as 37-year-old Jose Menjivar, was arrested for killing a White mother and her son in Broomfield, Colorado. Police in the case state that a drunk Menjivar was driving with a revoked license and going 100 mph in a 40 mph zone, before striking and killing 46-year-old Melissa Powell and her teenage son Riordan.

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