The case of Jorge Flores-Villalba in Rockland County, New York
On December 24, Maria Osai was killed while walking across the street in Stony Point, New York. The driver, Jorge Flores-Villalba, fled the scene but his car was caught on surveillance video a few miles away, and he was arrested.
The 27-year-old driver was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, which is a felony, and driving without a license, which is a misdemeanor offense in New York.
According to court documents, he admitted to driving without a license and to leaving the scene of the fatal accident, ‘explaining‘ that he was scared because he was driving without a license.
The hit-and-run driver was an illegal alien
He surely was afraid of being charged with driving without a license, although this excuse fits the narrative that illegals should be felt sorry for and given driver's licenses so that they shouldn't flee from accident scenes. His excuse also conveniently omits a fear of being deported as a result of being discovered — a fear which was surely present.
A January 3 news release from ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations informs us that Jorge Flores-Villalba is a Mexican national and an illegal alien. He was previously apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in 2008, when he attempted to enter the United States illegally, and was returned to Mexico. Flores-Villalba re-entered the country illegally at an unknown later date.
Instead of picking him up at a county jail or courthouse, ICE had to track him down and arrest him as he left a private residence in Haverstraw, New York, because Jorge Flores-Villalba had been released without bail.
He was set free due to bail reform in New York State
The defendant was released without bail on the day of his arrest, because on January 1 criminal justice reforms in New York State would eliminate cash bail and pretrial detention for the vast majority of misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses.
Hundreds of offenses such as second degree manslaughter, grand larceny, stalking, and assault as a hate crime will no longer be eligible for bail or pretrial detention.
Bail reform would have mandated release of the suspect in another week, so the judge released Jorge Flores-Villalba immediately.
On March 4, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh announced that Jorge Flores-Villalba has been indicted on charges of leaving the scene of an incident causing a personal injury that results in death without reporting, which is a felony crime.
He remains detained in the Orange County jail, which is holding him on behalf of ICE.