Ivan Zamarripa-Castaneda, 26, the illegal alien involved in the deadly and fiery crash in Denver on March 3, is now back in custody, after turning himself in to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement just before 5 p.m. Friday.
Zamarripa-Castaneda, from Mexico, was driving drunk when he crashed into a semitruck, causing it to burst into flames. Zamarripa-Castaneda then fled the scene, leaving the driver to die in the inferno. Police captured him later, but then officials in the sheriff’s department allowed him to post a $25,000 bond last Sunday and get out of jail, and did not notify ICE of his release until an hour later.
Castaneda has been charged with vehicular homicide-DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
The sheriff has apologized to ICE for releasing Zamarripa-Castaneda, and has promised to investigate the matter, and three deputies were reassigned.
Fox 31 Denver News reported: ICE said they will allow him to stay in Denver for the duration of the trial before deciding whether to deport him.
John Anderson of Lone Tree was killed after his semi collided with another vehicle and caught fire.
Zamarripa-Castaneda was wanted by ICE because they say the suspect was here on a temporary visa that expired three years ago.
ICE had requested a notification if he was to be released. But the Denver Sheriff’s Department did not notify ICE of the suspect’s impending release until he was already out of jail.
ICE released the following statement on Friday evening, as reported by 9News:
Ivan Gerardo Zamarripa-Castaneda, 26, from Mexico, reported in to ICE offices on his own accord on March 16 at about 4:42 p.m. MDT. On March 5, deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer with the Denver Justice Center, Denver, Colorado, on Zamarripa-Castaneda following his arrest on charges of vehicular homicide. Denver County Jail released him from custody on March 10 without notifying ICE beforehand as requested by the ICE detainer.
On Jan. 2, 2015, Zamarripa-Castaneda legally entered the United States on a temporary visa that expired Feb. 13, 2015. He has overstayed his original temporary visa by more than three years. He remains in ICE custody pending disposition of his immigration case, or if he is transferred to local custody via a “writ of Habeas Corpus” to further his criminal prosecution.