DES MOINES, IA (KCCI) – Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and requested information about the man charged in a fatal Des Moines crash.
Polk County Sgt. Brandon Bracelin said ICE officials want to know if Fernando Lopez Aguilar bonds out of jail.
“On Sept. 9, ICE placed an immigration detainer on Fernando Fernel Lopez-Aguilar with the Polk County Jail following his recent arrest on local charges,” said Shawn Neudauer.
A detainer requests that, if the local authorities release Aguilar for any reason, he be released into ICE custody. ICE places detainers only on non-U.S. citizens suspected of violating U.S. immigration law.
Des Moines police said Friday afternoon that a baby was inside the car driven by the suspect in a multi-car crash that injured several people in Des Moines Thursday.
Des Moines police said Fernando Lopez Aguilar, 18, was arrested and charged with serious injury by reckless driving, operating without a driver’s license, endangerment and no insurance. The endangerment charge stems from the child inside the car, according to police. The baby was secured in a car seat and was not injured in the crash.
Police said Lopez Aguilar was not impaired when the crash happened.
Two people remain in critical condition.
Sos Phann, Lea Phann, Khloey Phann, Jackie Laws and Frances Jordan were injured in the crash.
One car landed in the side yard of a home in the neighborhood.
Two cars have front-end damage, and a smaller truck has rear-end damage and lost its back tires.
Des Moines Fire Department Capt. Mark Dooley said that five ambulances were sent to the scene for five patients, including a girl about 7 years old with minor injuries.
Dooley said he couldn’t remember the last time so many rescue units were called to a scene like this.
Witnesses told KCCI they believe the red car ran a stop sign and sent the pickup airborne. The truck then came back down onto the black car and peeled back the roof of the car.