An illegal alien man was involved in a head-on crash in mid-December, which killed a Boonville, Indiana high school freshman.
When Osiel Marroquin, 18, appeared in court in a wheelchair, an interpreter was available to translate his charges to him at Warrick County Superior Court No. 2.
He is being charged with a level 5 felony of reckless homicide for causing a death while operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content that exceeded 0.08, as well as a level 6 felony for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and endangering a person, which is a misdemeanor.
Skylar Robinson-Williamson, 15, was one of the passengers in a Dodge Avenger car driven by Whitney Winstead, 20, when they crashed in the early-morning hours of Dec. 17, 2016.
An accident report from Warrick County Sheriff’s Office stated that Marroquin allegedly had been driving the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Indiana 62 when his red Ford Freestyle collided head-on with the Dodge Avenger near Stevenson Station Road.
Robinson-Williamson was killed in the crash. Winstead was treated and released from the hospital earlier this week. Another passenger, Megan Ripperdan, remained in critical condition at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville as of Tuesday, reported Argus Leader.
Also hospitalized, though not critically hurt, Marroquin sustained injuries from the crash, according to police officials. He was admitted to the jail on Tuesday night, December 20, at 8 p.m. with a bond set at $150,000.
Marroquin is also being charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing death with a prior offense, which is considered a level 4 felony. He has a previous drunk driving conviction in Hillsborough County, Florida back in 2013, said Mike Perry, Warrick County Prosecutor.
The maximum penalty for level 4 felonies in Indiana would be 12 years if convicted, stated Judge Robert Aylsworth.
Court records indicate that Marroquin has been placed on a hold by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. In light of that, Judge Aylsworth told him that even if he were to post his $150,000-surety only bond, it was unlikely he would be released from custody.
Marroquin was scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Jan. 3. Warrick County Prosecutor Mike Perry stated that they believe Marroquin is originally from Mexico.
H/T: Courier Express
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