On Monday, Ever Olivos-Gutierrez, 40, crashed his Ford Expedition into a Chevy Camaro after he ran the red light at the intersection of Dayton Street and East Colfax Avenue, in Aurora, killing the 17-year-old driver of the Camaro, according to police.
Investigators believe Olivos-Gutierrez was traveling at a rate of speed, at least twice the posted speed limit when the fatal wreck occurred.
The victim, Juan Dominguez-Palomino was a student at Aurora West Preparatory Academy.
ABC 7 reported:
Police said Tuesday that Olivos-Gutierrez has an extensive history of traffic offenses and three prior convictions for impaired or drunken driving in Colorado.
As far as investigators can determine, he has never held a valid driver’s license in Colorado. Records show he has been wanted on an outstanding warrant as a habitual traffic offender since 2011.
During the course of their investigation, Aurora police discovered that Olivos-Gutierrez has been in the country illegally since 2004.
On Wednesday, the Mexican national appeared for the first time in court while seated in a wheelchair.
Olivos-Gutierrez faces the following charges: first-degree murder with extreme indifference, vehicular homicide (DUI), vehicular homicide (reckless), driving while habitual traffic offender (DUI), driving under the influence or third or subsequent offense, driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both, drove with excessive alcohol, reckless driving and drove vehicle other than vehicle equipped with an interlock.
So, why wasn't this illegal alien deported after one of his previous DUI convictions?
In a statement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said:
Our records show that ICE had been informed of his criminal arrest in December 2007. However, at the time ICE was notified of this arrest, Mr. Olivos-Gutierrez was not in local custody so that he could be eventually transferred to ICE. Based on this initial records review, Mr. Olivos-Gutierrez has had no other referrals to or involvement with ICE."
In simple language, the federal government does not make the removal of illegal aliens for such crimes as drunk driving, a priority. Furthermore, the city of Aurora is a 'sanctuary city' which often fails to report illegal aliens to ICE for misdemeanors, and simply releases these criminals back into the community.
Olivos-Gutierrez is next scheduled to appear in court on Monday to be formally charged.