FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (The Miami Herald) – Among the things police say forklift driver Ulises Mondragon Umanzor didn’t have when he crashed into a Mercedes Sunday in Fort Lauderdale: a permit to work heavy machinery, a driver’s license, U.S. citizenship or any papers saying the El Salvador native should be in the United States.
The driver of the Mercedes, Fort Lauderdale resident James Zakos, lost his life.
Mondragon Umanzor, 30, sits in Broward County Main Jail on charges of a nonresident failing to obtain a driver’s license when required and failing to remain at an accident involving death. He’s also been ticketed for disobeying or avoiding a traffic device. The bond for all that is $200,000, but that’s immaterial because his immigration status — or lack of one — means there’s an immigration hold on him.
What Mondragon Umanzor does have: a driving history with three convictions for driving without a license, in 2011, 2012 and 2016; and one for driving around a barricade in 2018. He also has a $1,147.05 debt still owed on those tickets, according to Palm Beach County online court records.