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Illegal alien charged with fatal DUI in North Carolina

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On Sunday, Henderson County deputy sheriffs arrested Angel L. Diaz, 40, after he reportedly crashed his vehicle on U.S. 25, and left his passenger to die. Apparently, the deceased was a co-worker.

Around 6:00 a.m., Diaz struck a guardrail near the Green River Road exit, but somehow managed to drive the badly damaged 1992 Toyota Camry another 11 miles, finally abandoning the vehicle on I-26 near the Upward Road overpass, according to police.

Diaz then fled on foot, leaving the victim, Luiz Angel Ruiz, 28, pinned inside. He then phoned someone to come pick him up, and deputies caught up with him around 9:30 a.m. on Tracy Grove Road.

Trooper J.A. Nix of the North Carolina Highway Patrol described the scene he happened upon to the Times-News: "At first I didn't think there was anybody with it and then I discovered the passenger. He was dead."

The front and rear passenger doors of the Camry were pushed in, and Ruiz was still belted into the seat. He apparently died from massive internal injuries.

Diaz has been charged with DUI and felony hit-and-run, though more charges are likely to be filed. He is currently being held at the Henderson County Detention Center.

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Diaz actually has a Wisconsin driver's license, but the vehicle is not registered in either his, nor his passenger's name.

In February, two Wisconsin legislators, Rep. Garey Bies (R – Sister Bay) and Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D – Milwaukee), introduced a bill to grant licenses to those here illegally, claiming that the measure would "increase public safety."

Rep. Bies told the Pulse:

I acknowledge, and I think everybody else does, we have a lot of undocumented people in the state of Wisconsin. And I think most people acknowledge a lot of those people are a part of our driving public, so my interest is if you're going to be out there, let's make sure they are qualified, give them a document that shows they are qualified. That then allows them to get insurance. It will be safer for anyone who uses our public roadways."

No word yet if Diaz ever purchased insurance. His next court date is set for July 15.

States which currently offer driver's licenses to illegal aliens include: Nevada, Utah, Washington, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, California, New Mexico, Illinois, and the District of Columbia.

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