Illegal immigrant held without bond after deadly accident

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - An admitted illegal immigrant who authorities say caused a deadly DUI crash will remain behind bars.

Feliciano Aguas-Suarez, 29, appeared in Hanover General District Court for a brief arraignment, arranged by video from Pamunkey Regional Jail. Prosecutors argued that Suarez should remain in custody for various reasons, including past transgressions, and the use of multiple names and birth dates.

Commonwealth's Attorney Trip Chalkley said after the hearing that Aguas-Suarez has a criminal history of reckless driving and drunk-in-public in Caroline County.

"It certainly goes into effect as to whether or not he's a threat to others in society. So, we did bring that up and argue that to the court," Chalkley said.

Aguas-Suarez is accused of driving drunk Friday night on East Patrick Henry Blvd and sideswiping a vehicle driven by Casey Bohr, 23. Bohr died after his vehicle rolled out of control. He was not wearing a seat belt. Bohr's passenger, his mother Bobbie, survived the crash.

The Hanover County Sheriff's Office said Suarez admitted after the crash that he is living in the country illegally. Had the local court issued a bond, Chalkley said Immigration and Customs Enforcement would've kept Aguas-Suarez locked up on a federal detainer.

Aguas-Suarez faces four local charges, including involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 23.

The funeral for Casey Bohr is scheduled for Thursday in Henrico.

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