KNOXVILLE, TN (The Knoxville News Sentinel) – The death of 22-year-old Pierce Corcoran has brought home to Knoxville the heated national debate over illegal immigration and the need for a border wall.
Corcoran is the son of Knoxville Fire Capt. D.J. Corcoran, also the department’s spokesman.
Franco Cambrany Francisco-Eduardo, 44, of Oak Ridge, was arrested in connection with the wreck that killed the Grace Christian Academy graduate earlier this week. Police say he swerved into oncoming traffic on Chapman Highway, killing Corcoran on Saturday. He is charged with criminally negligent homicide and driving without a license or insurance.
Francisco-Eduardo was released from the Knox County Detention Facility into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday morning, according to jail records.
Due to the federal government shutdown, ICE representatives have not responded to calls to confirm his immigration status. Knox County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kimberly Glenn did not return a call for comment Thursday.
Francisco-Eduardo was arraigned from the Knox County Detention Facility via video feed Thursday, according to the court clerk’s office. He is set for a preliminary hearing on charges of criminally negligent homicide and driving without a license Thursday, Jan. 10, although it now is unclear whether the hearing will proceed after his transfer to federal custody.
Corcoran was a healthy-eating advocate and athlete, and was in the process of completing his personal trainer certification, according to his obituary. He was employed at FedEx Express for the last five years and was a 2015 graduate of Grace Christian Academy.