DENVER, CO (The Denver Post) – The man accused of killing a young Denver lawyer in an October hit-and-run collision had been deported in 2007 only to return illegally to the U.S., where he was arrested twice before the deadly crash, authorities say.
Norlan Estrada-Reyes, 27, who was born in Sulaco, Honduras, had twice been accused of crimes in Denver, including driving under the influence. After a 2013 arrest, he posted bond and was released before U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached him. In the other case, in 2014, ICE was not aware of his arrest.
Then, on Oct. 30, police say he was behind the wheel of a full-size Ford pickup truck that struck and killed 28-year-old Karina Pulec as she was crossing the street at East 13th Avenue and Broadway, dragging her 50 feet.
Pulec died at the scene. The pickup was found less than a mile away, unoccupied though still in drive.
Estrada-Reyes’ case is the second in the past four months in which a person in the country illegally, who had previous run-ins with police, has been accused in a Denver killing. They feed into the national debate about immigration that heated up Tuesday with the release of documents showing plans by President Donald Trump’s administration to widely expand the number of people who are considered a priority for deportation.
The Homeland Security Department memos — a sweeping rewrite of the nation’s immigration enforcement priorities — explain that any immigrant living in the United States illegally who is a suspect in a crime or has been charged or convicted will be an enforcement priority. That could include people arrested for shoplifting or minor traffic offenses.