Many Americans are increasingly concerned about the Biden administration’s lax immigration policies, in part because of the potential criminal threats posed by undocumented migrants within the United States.
That concern was highlighted recently when a Guatemalan national was arrested in Florida on suspicion of fatally striking a 5-year-old girl in a hit-and-run collision.
Details of the deadly hit-and-run crash
According to the Washington Examiner, 32-year-old Ernesto Lopez Morales faces multiple felony charges associated with the fatal crash and is being held in the Polk County Jail with bond set at $22,500.
He is reportedly under a hold by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement due to his illegal immigration status.
A police report alleges that Morales was intoxicated when he drove an SUV along a state road at a high rate of speed with no headlights, crashing into a smaller sedan and pushing it roughly 600 yards before coming to a stop on the opposite side of the road.
Inside the sedan was a young girl who died in the crash. An adult driver was transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision.
According to police, Morales abandoned his disabled vehicle and fled the scene, though officers were ultimately able to track him down at his home.
“No regard for the law or human life”
As a news release explained, Morales admitted to deputies that he had been drinking and was driving to the store to pick up more alcohol when the crash occurred.
He reportedly acknowledged that he had been speeding without headlights and fled the scene, ostensibly because he did not have a driver’s license or insurance — not to mention his immigration status.
The sheriff’s office further noted that there was no record of Morales ever having a valid license to drive in Florida or any other state. A subsequent test registered his blood-alcohol level at .108 — well above the .08 legal limit.
He is now facing four felony counts and one misdemeanor, including leaving the scene of a crash involving death, DUI manslaughter, driving with no license resulting in death, leaving the scene of a crash involving injury, and DUI property damage.
Sheriff Grady Judd expressed his dismay over the situation in a statement, explaining: “Morales has no regard for the law or human life, and we are going to do everything possible to hold him accountable. If he had been in Guatemala and not in the United States illegally, this beautiful little girl would still be alive today.”