Is Colorado Legally Responsible for Illegal Immigrant Hit and Run Fatality?
Had Been Deported 6 Times Prior
A Colorado woman was killed in a hit and run accident in December by an illegal immigrant. Annette Conquering Bear was at Walgreens when she was struck and killed at an intersection on December 17th. The terrible crash highlights a wider national trend.
Western Journal covered the terrible story. The details are depressing, saying the least. According to federal immigration officials, the driver was Juan Sanchez. Customs officials previously deported Sanchez six times. However, at the time of the accident he was in the United States illegally– again.
Sanchez borrowed another person’s vehicle. Sanchez could not legally operate the SUV legally due to his immigration status. His bond was set at $500,000.
Who Bears Responsibility?
From a legal perspective, this is an especially interesting case. There are many individuals who share at least some of the responsibility for the fatal crash. First and foremost is the driver himself, who committed a number of felonies being investigated by the Denver Police Department. Furthermore, the person who lent him the car also bears some of the burden. The owner knew Sanchez was an illegal immigrant who was unable legally operating the car. The Denver PD is collecting more data. This will be especially interesting.
Furthermore, the state of Colorado bears some of the responsibility. Sanchez was in the country illegally, and the state is one of the few that refuses to work with ICE. This sanctuary state status allows for illegals to operate outside of the scope of federal law. As a result, Sanchez may not have been in the nation– or Colorado specifically– if not for this series of decisions. As a result, a woman’s life cut too short for a political decision.
The family would be wise to consult a wrongful death attorney to discuss all of their legal options. In addition, there is yet more info for consideration. As more details of the crash come out, keep it tuned here for more legal analysis. Our legal experts analyze cases like this. We regularly update our site. Furthermore, our team reviews the legal implications.