A family of five was injured in a vehicular collision with an illegal immigrant in San Tan Valley on Sunday evening.
At approximately 6:20 p.m., a car wreck occurred on Hunt Highway, west of Paso Fino Way. The wreck injured five family members and was caused by a suspected impaired driver, who is also an illegal immigrant, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver, 22-year-old Julio Cesar Lavarga-Carranza, is from Mexico and admitted to being in the United States illegally. He fled on foot after the collision but was tracked down by deputies and arrested for driving while impaired, aggravated assault, hit and run and criminal damage.
Two adults and three children in a separate vehicle received minor injuries as a result of the crash.
Witnesses told deputies the white Honda driven by Lavarga-Carranza was driving erratically and was attempting to illegally pass the victim’s vehicle on the right, where there is no traffic lane but a dirt easement.
Lavarga-Carranza lost control of his car and collided with the family’s vehicle. Both vehicles then crashed into the brick wall of a residence.
“The likelihood is that this illegal will fail to show for any court date, and our Pinal County family will be denied justice or compensation for their injuries,” sheriff Paul Babeu said in a statement. “Our laws need to apply to everyone in the U.S., not just our citizens. In the end, it is our citizens who are being victimized and punished by no enforcement of our immigration laws.”