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RICHMOND, VA – Federal immigration authorities have placed detainers on two Guatemalan nationals charged this week in a devastating hit-and-run crash that killed a 4-year-old Richmond boy and severely injured his parents and older brother. Neither of the men have driver’s licenses.
Both defendants are now facing deportation after Immigration Custom Enforcement officials determined they were either in the country illegally or violated the terms of their lawful immigration status.
The article goes on to state the following:
Edilberto Hernandez-Perez, 28, is unlawfully residing in the U.S., an ICE spokeswoman said Wednesday. Hernandez-Perez told Chesterfield authorities that he has been living in the U.S. and Virginia for five months and works as a plumber, according to court papers used to determine his eligibility for bail.
However, ICE is now seeking to have him removed from the country. “ICE places immigration detainers when the agency possesses probable cause to believe an alien is deportable from the United States,” the spokeswoman said.
Gonzalez-Flores told Chesterfield authorities he’s been in the community since 2013 and has worked construction jobs over the past five years, according to court documents used to determine his eligibility for bail. He also said he lives with a woman with whom he has a child.
Despite having no driver’s license, Gonzalez-Flores has racked up at least eight local driving offenses since 2014 and was declared a fugitive by Hopewell authorities for failing to show up to court on charges of driving under suspension and failing to obey a traffic signal, court records show.
Gonzalez-Flores frequently has been convicted in absentia and owes more than $1,300 in fines and court costs for five of his convictions. He has been found guilty three times of having no driver’s license and two times for driving under suspension, which means he continued to drive after being directed by a judge or DMV not to drive, according to court records.
He also was convicted of driving with an open container of alcohol and reckless driving for speeding 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, court records show.
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Please help this family in this time of grief. https://t.co/RTXjEdDVK4
— Diane Morrison (@DianeBMorrison) September 1, 2018
ICE files hold on men charged in fatal Chesterfield hit-and-run https://t.co/fZUAnA8cCN via @ImBrendanKing Police said Gonzalez-Flores ran from the crash scene to the Lamplighter Court home of his friend, 28-year-old Edilberto Hernandez-Perez.
— Carolyn Kenney (@go4gin) September 2, 2018
Witness recalls haunting image of pulling ‘lifeless’ bodies from deadly hit-and-run wreck – Jose Gonzalez-Florez, Edilberto Hernandez-Perez, driving without a valid license five times https://t.co/6co3xNW1k2 #buildthewall
— JustAnotherRussianBot (@BrutusVa) August 28, 2018
VA: ICE submits detainer request for 2 men charged in Chesterfield fatal hit-and-run that killed a 4-yr old, seriously injured 3 others – Edilberto Hernandez-Perez & Jose A. Gonzalez-Florez are Guatemalan nationals. https://t.co/fy8UQEJpLT
— aintnobarbie ❌ (@aintnobarbie) September 1, 2018
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