Man Who Killed 5-Year-Old Boy May Be In U.S. Illegally

Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Hillsborough, North Carolina is issuing a detainer for 28-year-old Alejandro Suarez, who is suspected of killing a 5-year-old boy. According to local media, ICE believes Suarez may be here in the U.S. illegally.

Based on the arrest warrant, Suarez left a construction truck running and did not set the parking brake. Construction crews were loading the back of the truck after just completing a job. The un-parked truck then lurched forward and speedily rolled down a hill into a home.

However, before hitting the garage of the house, there were groups of children playing in the front yard at the time of the truck’s descent. All the children managed to avoid the truck, except one. The unmanned truck ended up killing William Everett Copeland Monday afternoon.

According to neighbors and reporting news outlets, a neighborhood doctor immediately began performing CPR on the boy before an ambulance arrived. William died on the way to Duke University Hospital.

Suarez was arrested and taken to Orange County Jail, and is being charged with vehicular misdemeanor death. He was not carrying ID at the time of his arrest. His bail has been set to $10,000 and is awaiting trial.”

At this point, we don’t believe the vehicle was properly secured,” said Hillsborough Police Chief Duane Hampton. “We will also be following up the investigation, looking at the mechanical condition of the vehicle and confirming all of the working relationships, regarding specifically which company the crew was working for.”

ABC11 News reported that Suarez said he is a Mexican citizen.

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.

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