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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.

The immigration status of Jose A. Gonzalez-Flores, also 28 — who police say was driving a borrowed pickup truck that plowed into the back of the family’s car on Saturday — is less clear. It appears he had some earlier interaction with federal immigration services, but an ICE spokeswoman said she was prohibited under the agency’s privacy policy from releasing additional information about him at this time.

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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