Illegal Immigrant, Deported 15 Times Before, Accused of Hit-and-Run

Illegal Immigrant, Deported 15 Times Before, Accused of Hit-and-Run

Illegal Immigrant, Deported 15 Times Before, Accused of Hit-and-Run

A man accused in a traffic collision that injured a boy Saturday has been deported at least 15 times in the last 15 years, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson. Benjamin Lake, his wife Ingrid and their 6-year-old son Lennox were in the other vehicle and on their way home from Disneyland around 10:30 p.m.

The family was returning home near San Diego after visiting Disneyland when the crash happened.

Benjamin Lake, his wife Ingrid and their 6-year-old son Lennox were on their way home from Disneyland when police said Banda drove his truck through a stop sign and hit their auto.

A California boy is recovering from head injuries after the auto his family was driving in was hit by an alleged drunk driver who has been deported over a dozen times, officials say.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that family members expect the child to fully recover.

The child suffered a major head injury and was taken to a hospital.

Lennox's mother, Ingrid Lake, found her son unconscious in his auto seat after the crash, bleeding from his nose and ears, and not breathing, the Daily Mail reports.

Constantino Banda-Acosta has been booted from the United States 15 times.

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Banda-Acosta pleaded not guilty in Chula Vista Superior Court to three felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.08 percent, hit-and-run, and a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license.

Lake's dad choked up as he described how his son anxious about his parents immediately after 38-year-old Constantino Banda-Acosta T- boned them.

Banda's bail was set at $230,000. He was riding in a booster seat when police say Constantino Banda-Acosta plowed into his family's auto Saturday night.

Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the agency would seek deportation for Banda-Acosta after any prison sentence is served. She said she's trying to get a protective order against him.

"People know exactly where to cross, when to cross, what time to cross, how to do all that", Sapochnick said.

Their son started crying and told medics, "I'm fine, I'm fine".

His now estranged wife told me he was deported January 10th but made his way back January 20th. "[I hope] justice does their job and things work out the right way", said Lake.

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