CHARLOTTE, NC (The Charlotte Observer) – A Honduran woman who was driving in Charlotte without a license is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge after she was involved in a head-on crash that killed a 14-month-old girl.
Dora Del Carmen Sosa, 33, was released from Carolinas Medical Center and taken to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, where she was served warrants for involuntary manslaughter, felony child abuse and driving with no operators license. The baby girl was a passenger in Sosa’s car, but it was not made clear by police if they are related. Media outlets reported Sosa was the child’s aunt.
Sosa is a Honduran national and is in the country illegally, federal officials said. Undocumented immigrants are not allowed to have a driver’s license in North Carolina. The city of Charlotte has been criticized in the past few years because city police will not ask the citizenship status of people caught driving in the city without a license. They are issued tickets but not arrested.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday that Sosa was ordered to be removed from the United States by a federal immigration judge in September 2005.
ICE agents took custody of Sosa on Tuesday. She will be deported once the manslaughter case is resolved, officials said. The agency lists her name as Carmen Sosa-Bonilla.
The fatal crash occurred Nov. 29 in the 1500 block of North Graham Street when the Sosa’s 2005 Toyota Corolla swerved into traffic to avoid hitting the back of a dump truck that had stopped on the road. Her vehicle struck a southbound Toyota Camry driven by 43-year-old David John Collins Jr. head-on, police said.
Medics took the drivers and child to Carolinas Medical Center. The child was later pronounced dead, police said.
A preliminary investigation revealed the child was in an infant carrier, but it was not being used as designed so the child was not properly restrained, police said.
Detectives believe the misuse of the child passenger seat was a contributing factor in the death.
Speed and alcohol are not considered contributing factors, police said.