A three-year-old Utah boy has been killed after an allegedly drunk driving illegal immigrant rear-ended his family’s car while it was stopped at a red light, causing a five-vehicle pile up.
Zane Thurber, who was strapped into his car-seat in the back of his dad Matt’s Subaru, died instantly in the horrific collision that occurred at a Taylorsville intersection around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Witnesses said Manuel de Jesus Guinea, 55, was driving at about 70 mph shortly before he slammed into the Thurbers vehicle, and ‘smelled like a bar’ as he attempted to blend in with the crowd. Onlookers managed to hold him until officers arrived.
Because of his immigration status, Zane’s family believe Guinea, who is originally from El Salvador, does not have any insurance and fear they will be unable to pay for his funeral and medical costs.
‘It’s a senseless, senseless crime,’ the devastated father told The Salt Lake Tribune, where he’s employed as a sports clerk.
Guinea was arrested at the scene on suspicion of automobile homicide and driving under the influence.
Jail booking records also show there is an immigration hold on Guinea, who was being held at the Salt Lake County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.
This means that when local authorities are finished with him, he will be taken into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which can deport him.
Fearing that, as an illegal immigrant, he doesn’t have auto insurance, relatives set up a fund at YouCaring.com, where more than $22,000 has already been raised for little Zane’s funeral and any medical costs.
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