On Saturday, police in Charlotte arrested Oscar Francisco Garcia-Fuentes, 23, after he reportedly ran through a stoplight and rammed his 2001 Ford Mustang into another vehicle, resulting in the death of two people, including an 18-month-old boy.
The Charlotte Observer reported:
The wreck occurred around 2:20 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of North Sharon Amity and Albemarle Road. Witnesses told police that the driver of a 2001 Ford Mustang “was accelerating through the intersection at a speed well above the speed limit” before the collision, a CMPD news release said.
Witnesses told police the Mustang sped through a stoplight without his headlights on and ran into the side of a sedan traveling on Albemarle Road. They said the man then fled [in] the Mustang.
The driver of the other vehicle has been identified as 26-year-old Tony Gabriel of Charlotte, while the child's name has not been released.
The little boy’s mother, 24-year-old Brittany Massey, who was also hurt in the crash, was taken to Carolina's Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
In January 2011, Garcia-Fuentes was convicted of driving on a revoked license, for which he received probation and a suspended sentence.
Despite his illegal status in this country, the Mexican national was not picked up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation. It is not yet known if he was reported to federal authorities by local law enforcement.
However, given the fact that Charlotte is considered a 'sanctuary city' for illegal aliens, it is likely that Garcia-Fuentes' immigration status was ignored by police.
Garcia-Fuentes has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter as well as three counts of felony hit-and-run. He is currently being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail on an ICE detainer.