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Latino Daily News

Tuesday January 18, 2011

Undocumented Immigrant Involved in Fatal Crash Charged with Immigration Violations

The garbage truck driver in a July 2008 fatal collision with a bicyclist in Washington, D.C., was sentenced to 31 months in prison for illegally re-entering the United States after being removed because he was convicted of an aggravated felony.

Marco Rosendo Flores-Fuentes, 48, of Mexico, was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison. Flores-Fuentes pled guilty to the illegal re-entry charge on Oct. 28, 2010.

In his plea, Flores-Fuentes admitted that he is a native and citizen of Mexico with no lawful status in the United States. In July 1992, Flores-Fuentes pled guilty to marijuana importing and distribution charges. After serving a 27-month sentence for those crimes, both aggravated felonies, he was removed from the United States in April 1994. Flores-Fuentes further admitted in his plea that he illegally reentered the United States approximately three or four years later.

According to court documents, Flores-Fuentes later obtained various licenses, including a commercial driver’s license, from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, and each of those licenses bore a fictitious date of birth. In addition, Flores-Fuentes utilized fraudulent immigration documents to obtain employment with KMG Hauling, Inc, a Virginia-based garbage collection company. In July 2008, while driving a garbage truck for KMG in Washington, D.C., Flores-Fuentes was involved in a fatal collision with a 24-year-old female bicyclist.

The parties later settled that civil lawsuit out of court subject to a non-disclosure agreement.