California DUI Suspect Was Deported 15 Times

Crash injured boy, 6, on way home from Disneyland
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2017 2:35 AM CDT
California DUI Suspect Was Deported 15 Times
A photo of the damaged Honda Accord from the GoFundMe page.   (GoFundMe)

A Mexican citizen accused of severely injuring a 6-year-old boy in a DUI crash in California Saturday night had already been deported from the US no fewer than 15 times, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The boy, Lennox Lake, was hospitalized with a major head injury after the crash, which happened just a block away from his home in San Diego, the BBC reports. He had been on his way home from a trip to Disneyland with his parents. Police say Constantino Banda-Acosta, 38, was drunk, speeding, and ran a stop sign before his pickup truck slammed into the family's vehicle. He did not stop at the scene, but was arrested when Border Patrol agents spotted his damaged vehicle.

ICE says Banda-Acosta, has been returned to Mexico 15 times since 2002, most recently in January this year, KTLA reports. Police say his criminal history includes domestic violence allegations. Lennox has undergone two surgeries and will be in the hospital for at least another 10 days, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help his family. The boy's grandmother, Cheryl Lake, was astonished by the number of times Banda-Acosta has been deported, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. "There are not enough words to describe the huge impact his actions have had," she says. ICE says it will deport the man again after his latest criminal case is settled. (A new Texas law punishes "sanctuary cities.")

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