Constantino Banda-Acosta, a 38-year-old illegal immigrant who has been deported 15 times in the past 15 years, has seriously injured a 6-year-old boy in San Ysidro.
Federal officials said the Mexican native was most recently deported on Jan. 18th and has a history of driving under the influence in addition to domestic violence. He has now been accused of running a stop sign and hitting a vehicle carrying a family that was on their way home from Disneyland on Saturday.
Lennox Lake, just 6-years-old was found unconscious, bleeding from multiple head wounds, and not breathing. The child has already undergone two surgeries according to The Union-Tribune.
“Right now he has a lot of swelling and can’t open either of his eyes so he’s scared about why he can’t see,” his father, Ben Lake, told the local Fox affiliate. “I just really care about bringing him home and making sure he’s happy again.”
The family is expecting him to make a full recovery, and has set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.
When Band-Acosta slammed into the family’s Honda Accord with his pickup truck, he did not stop, and drove away from the scene. Shortly after midnight, a few blocks away, police found a damaged pickup that matched the description of the one that caused the accident, and found two men inside, both illegal aliens. Band-Acosta was determined to be the driver and was jailed for hit-and-run, drunken driving and driving without a valid drivers license.
Banda-Acosta was being held on $100,000 bail and has an arraignment for the hit-and-run is set for Wednesday.
His record shows that in 2006 he was arrested on a DUI charge, had his license suspended three other times and was accused of domestic violence by his estranged wife.
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The following news report examines Band-Acosta’s lengthy criminal record over the years:
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