After a tragic accident the day after Christmas that left one family in mourning, it has been confirmed that the man charged in the death of a 5-year-old North Carolina boy was in the country illegally.
Alejandro Suarez, confirmed to police that he is a citizen of Mexico and is here illegally.
However, this is not Suarez’ first infraction in the U.S. according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He also has a 2009 conviction for driving under the influence.
Suarez is now being charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in Everett Copeland’s death, as he left a running construction truck unattended, and failed to engage the parking brake.
Everett Copeland was outside in a Hillsborough neighborhood when a construction truck full of dirt rolled away, hit him and crashed into a house.
Three emotional 911 calls were placed after the accident. Everett’s mother can be overheard trying to comfort him while a doctor performed CPR.
“Mommy’s right here. … I’ve always loved you,” Everett’s mother can be heard saying to him.
In a second call, an unidentified male tells the dispatcher that a truck, “hit my child.” When asked whether the boy was conscious, the caller said, “No. No … no.”
The boy’s mother told a dispatcher during one of the calls, “I think he’s dead.”
Everett Copeland was pronounced dead while in route to the hospital.
ICE issued a detainer on Monday that would allow federal officials to take Suarez into custody before being released on bail.
Fox 8 described the possible punishment, if Suarez is found guilty:
“According to North Carolina law, if found guilty, Suarez’s misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charge could result in jail time of up to 60 days if this is his first conviction. The penalty also comes with a fine, which will be at the discretion of the court and likely under $1,000.”
Currently Suarez is in jail in lieu of posting a $10,000 bond.
H/T: The News & Observer
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