The man charged with driving a vehicle that killed two people in a hit-and-run crash on New Bern Avenue on Saturday is a Mexican native who has been deported from the United States three times, federal officials confirmed Monday.
Mateo Palacio Guzman, 32, was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle, two counts of felony leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a suspended license and running a red light before the crash at New Bern Avenue and Trawick Road.
Guzman, who was convicted of driving while impaired in Wake County in July 2011 and of driving with a revoked license in Randolph County in October 2011, was deported from the U.S. in 2006 and twice in 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement regional spokesman Vincent Picard said.
“ICE lodged a detainer on Mateo Palacio Guzman, a citizen of Mexico, at the Wake County Jail following his arrest on local criminal charges,” Picard, who is based in Atlanta, said in a statement. “Mr. Palacio Guzman was previously removed from the United States in 2006 and twice in 2012.”
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Picard did not specify what led to Guzman’s previous deportations.
When a magistrate was setting bail for Guzman on Sunday, an immigration check resulted in a request from ICE for him to be held for 48 hours for the agency to determine its actions.
At his first court appearance Monday, Guzman’s bail was raised to $510,000, and he remained in custody.
Guzman, who is identified by that name in Wake County arrest records and state corrections records, was identified after his arrest as Mateo Guzman-Palacio.
Brittany Williams, 24, and Naomi Mercury, 18, died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash, which happened just before 12:30 a.m. Saturday.
Three other people suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, police said in a statement.