Why do they always run and abandon their vehicles after they crash and hurt someone? Is it a “cultural” thing that we Americans wouldn’t understand? It seems like a basic problem of personal integrity, although given their lawbreaking to come here maybe that’s to be expected.
BURTONSVILLE, Md. — The man arrested and charged in the hit-and-run accident that killed two members of a road crew has told authorities he is in the U.S. illegally.
Manuel De Jesus Gonzalez-Geronimo, 31, is a Guatemalan living in Hyattsville. He surrendered to police early Tuesday morning to face charges in the Monday accident on Route 29 in Burtonsville.
The construction workers were taking a break and sitting on a guardrail when they were hit by a van that also hit a construction truck.
The van driver ran from the scene.
Martin Ruffin, of Baltimore, and James Cronin, of Glen Burnie, died, and three co-workers were injured.
Police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said Gonzalez-Geronimo revealed during his bail hearing that he is an undocumented worker. He is being held without bond.
At least they didn’t just cut him loose on bail to escape to Guatemala, or drive again and kill another American. Maybe our court system learns from its mistakes.