Federal immigration charges were filed Friday against a Mexican immigrant suspected in a DUI, hit-and-run case, who has been deported multiple times.
The Mexican citizen is accused of driving drunk and fleeing the scene after crashing his truck into a car in San Ysidro, seriously injuring a 6-year-old boy.
Constantino Banda-Acosta, 38, has been deported at least 15 times in the last 15 years, with the most recent removal from the United States occurring Jan. 18, immigration officials said. He was charged Friday with being a deported alien in the United States.
He was charged in state court Wednesday with hit-and-run causing permanent injury, DUI causing great bodily injury and driving without a license.
Banda was speeding west on Camino de La Plaza at about 11:30 p.m. last Saturday when he ran a stop sign at Dairy Mart Road and crashed his pickup truck into a Honda sedan, police and prosecutors allege. Banda fled the scene but was arrested about a half-hour later, police said.
The car that was hit contained a family returning home from a day at Disneyland. Lennox Lake — who was sitting in his car seat — suffered a major head injury and is being treated at Rady Children’s Hospital.
Doctors are “cautiously optimistic” that Lennox will make a full recovery. Banda, who will be back in court May 18 for a readiness conference and May 23 for a preliminary hearing, faces seven years and eight months in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Christopher Chandler.
— City News Service