The need for better border security and increased ICE enforcement became apparent again in February after an illegal alien took the life of an unborn child, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
According to an official press release, a pickup truck driven by Bionel Cervin-Gomez, 48, slammed into a subcompact car driven by pregnant 22-year-old Courtney Belser, who had the right-of-way. The accident took place in Davenport, Florida, southwest of Orlando.
Rather than stick around to help the woman he hit, the sheriff’s office says Cervin-Gomez fled the scene because he didn’t have a driver’s license. 8-months pregnant Belser, meanwhile, was taken to a hospital where her unborn son was tragically declared dead.
In attempting to track Cervin-Gomez down, authorities found video footage of a woman using his debit card a couple weeks later. After posting the woman’s photo on Facebook, she came forward to law enforcement officers and led them to Cervin-Gomez.
When sheriff’s deputies arrested the man on Saturday, ICE investigators discovered he was not only in the U.S. illegally but had previously been deported.
Sheriff Grady Judd commented, "Ultimately, this man caused a baby's death. His actions on the road ended a pregnancy in the eighth month," local ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa Bay reported.
“Not only is Mr. Cervin-Gomez here illegally, he caused a crash that ultimately took the life of an unborn child,” he continued. “I'm very happy that Ms. Torres Abarca did the right thing and came forward, which helped us capture the suspect who was in hiding, like a coward.”
Cervin-Gomez faces charges relating to causing a deadly accident, leaving the scene, and driving without a license.
The White House shared a video on Twitter Monday of the Walker County, Texas sheriff explaining how much more difficult it is to solve crimes committed by people law enforcement officers don’t even know are in the U.S.