Truck driver involved in fatal Colorado highway accident previously deported multiple times, according to ICE.

Truck driver involved in fatal Colorado highway accident previously deported multiple times, according to ICE.

Truck Driver in Fatal Colorado Accident Deported Multiple Times, According to ICE

Last week, a serious accident on a Colorado highway involving a semi-truck resulted in one fatality and another person seriously injured. The driver, Ignacio Cruz-Mendoza, 47, from Mexico, has been charged with reckless driving and homicide-related offenses.

The crash occurred on Hwy 285 near Conifer when Cruz-Mendoza, reportedly transporting a load of steel pipe, lost control. The truck overturned, spilling its cargo onto five other vehicles. The incident led to a significant road closure lasting over 12 hours as emergency crews cleared the scene.

Ignacio Cruz-Mendoza is known to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), having been deported to Mexico multiple times since first being arrested in the U.S. in 2002. Since his initial deportation order in May 2002, Cruz-Mendoza has been removed or voluntarily returned to Mexico 16 times.

He is currently held in Jefferson County Jail, with ICE having placed a detainer to be informed of any potential release. This ongoing case highlights critical issues regarding road safety and immigration enforcement.

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