According to federal authorities, Constantino Band-Acosta, 38, had been deported from the United States 15 times before he drunkenly plowed into a family of three on their way home from Disneyland.
The Lake family – Ben, Ingrid, and Lennox – was heading home from Disneyland. After stopping for a milkshake for 6-year-old Lennox they were just a block from home when a truck turned a corner, ran a stop sign, and crashed into their car, according to Fox6Now.
Lennox, who was in the back of his car seat, took the brunt of the impact when the truck collided with the unsuspecting family. The injured boy was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital with serious head injuries and is listed in serious condition.
According to a GoFundMe page started by Lennox’s aunt, Lennox sustained an open skull fracture. Following two surgeries he is now awake, but has bacteria in his cranium and will need to remain hospitalized on IV antibiotics for at least 10 more days.
The driver of the truck, Constantino Banda-Acosta, left the scene of the crash. Border Patrol agents arrived at the scene and quickly determined the vehicle was a Chevrolet pick-up truck. A damaged vehicle matching the description was found about half an hour later. San Diego police arrested Banda-Acosta and another man without incident.
Banda-Acosta was charged with driving under the influence, hit and run with injury, and driving without a license.
On Wednesday, CNN reported that officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had confirmed that Banda-Acosta had been deported 15 times since 2002, “most recently in January 2017.”
Banda-Acosta, a Mexican citizen, remains in the San Diego County Jail. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, ICE will again seek deportation for Banda-Acosta following “any conviction and sentence is served in connection with the DUI and hit-and-run crash.”
Banda-Acosta pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday and is being held on $230,000 bail.
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