Thursday 20 June 2024

Illegal Immigrant Charged Over Fatal Colorado Crash Had Faced Deportation Over A Dozen Times

 An illegal immigrant charged over a fatal car crash in Colorado last week had previously been deported multiple times, according to immigration authorities.

Ignacio Cruz-Mendoza, a 47-year-old Mexican national, was accused last week of crashing a semi-truck that caused the death of one person and caused another person serious injury. ICE said on Monday that the man had either been deported to or voluntarily returned to Mexico at least 16 times in the past, Denver7 reported.

Mendoza, who initially faced vehicular homicide charges, now faces one count of careless driving resulting in death and three counts of careless driving resulting in injury, according to the Denver Post. The illegal immigrant is currently detained on a $50,000 bail in Jefferson County Jail.

The fatal crash on June 11 resulted in the death of 64-year-old Scott Miller and involved Mendoza driving off the road and dumping the pipe and angle iron he was hauling onto five other vehicles. The crash took place on Interstate 285 near Conifer, Colorado.

Colorado State Patrol said they believe Mendoza was speeding when he got into the wreck. He was reportedly driving for Monique Trucking.

Mendoza was previously ordered to be deported after he was convicted of drug charges in Oregon back in 2002. At the time of the accident, he was facing another deportation order.


The incident is just the latest in a string of high-profile arrests of illegal immigrants for crimes.

Last weekend, 23-year-old Victor Antonio Martinez Hernandez, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was arrested for the murder of 37-year-old Rachel Morin. Hernandez is accused of murdering Morin, a mother of five, when she was out on a hike in Harford County, Maryland, in August 2023.

Hernandez is suspected of a January 2023 murder in El Salvador and of assaulting a 9-year-old girl in California. According to the Tulsa Police Department, Hernandez “violently assaulted a 9-year-old girl and her mother during a home invasion” in Los Angeles.

On Tuesday, the NYPD arrested an illegal immigrant suspected of tying up and raping a 13-year-old girl in broad daylight in a park in Queens. The suspect is a 25-year-old illegal immigrant from Ecuador who is believed to have entered the United States in 2021, according to the New York Post.

Republican lawmakers have called on President Joe Biden to tighten border security amid the surge of illegal immigrants being released into the United States.

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