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Hit-and-Run Suspect Was in U.S. Illegally

Posted April 18, 2008

— The suspect in a hit-and-run accident that killed a Johnston County boy Sunday was in the country illegally, immigration officials confirmed Friday. 

Hipolito Hernandez, 30, listed a local address of Parkertown Road in Four Oaks.

He is charged with second-degree murder, felony hit-and-run, felony assault, driving while intoxicated, possession of a stolen vehicle, driving without a license, speeding and reckless driving in the death of the child.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Richard Rocha said Friday that Hernandez would be remanded to ICE custody after his state charges are settled.

State troopers said Marcus Lassiter, 7, had been playing in his grandmother's front yard and was trying to cross Heath Road when a car driven by Hernandez struck him.

The child’s leg was broken, and he had brain damage. His family decided to remove him from life support, and he died Monday night.


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  • NCGal Apr 18, 2008

    Nope, "for that amount of money" meaning slave-labor wages? No thanks. Employers should pay a living wage along with healthcare.

    We already have about 8 visa programs. Why don't illegal employers use them?

  • ncsufamily24 Apr 18, 2008

    Nope posted:

    "We need a program that works with the Mexican government to facilitate quick background checks so the criminals stay behind."

    Are you serious? The Mexican government is corrupt. Period. I lived in El Paso from 1985 to 1987 and have seen the problems
    that North Carolina is experiencing now. If this ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION situation is not stopped I can assure you that you'll pay the price for ignoring the problem. As a matter of fact, you're paying for it right now. We all are.

  • California Boy Apr 18, 2008

    I agree 100%!!!! Nope!!!!

  • IzzMad2016 Apr 18, 2008

    We've been here 14 years. We obey the law, pay our taxes, give as generously as we can to those less fortunate than us, lend a hand whenever possible, keep the yard mowed, proudly fly an American flag and are kind to animals. What an undesirable sort we relocated Ohioans are (yeah, right).

  • NCGal Apr 18, 2008

    reelhillbilly, yes deport ALL illegals. (Do you really think Ohioans are illegal aliens?)

    Just who do you think picked the cotton, harvested the sweet taters, tobacco or fueled our construction projects before we were graced with this illegal workforce? (Jobs were done believe it or not.)

    Question....how are you benefiting from illegals?

  • Nope Apr 18, 2008

    Reelhillbilly, you are right, if we removed them all tomorrow the economy would suffer. The solution is to have a guest worker program that works. We need the good, honest mexican workers (the bulk of which are) to do the jobs that we won't (for that amount of money). We need a program that works with the Mexican government to facilitate quick background checks so the criminals stay behind. Then we will have the workerswe need and they will be documented, have drivers' licenses, insurance, and they will be protected from unsafe working conditions and abuse. Win - win.

  • Vietnam Vet Apr 18, 2008

    In the country illegally? Now THERE'S a surprise!!! So what we're saying here is that if the immigration laws been enforced properly thereby preventing this illegal from entering the country in the first place this kid would still be alive? Am I missing something here?

  • enigma1469 Apr 18, 2008

    "They're excellent work ethic and committment has displaced the lazier workforce that now feeds off disability incomes and crime."

    Americans done this work before and will do it again. The illegals not having to pay taxes and medical expenses drove Americans away from these jobs by undercutting the labor market. If I did not pay medical expenses or taxes I could do a job cheaper too. Some would argue they do pay taxes. Show me proof.

    deport them all. lets have the national guard round them up. they are a threat to our secutity.

  • Beach4Me Apr 18, 2008

    No need to nuke Mexico. Most of their citizens are here now.

  • Sandollar Apr 18, 2008

    I don't like the illegals getting away with murder and no one is paying attendion to the current laws. This guy was charged before and not sent back to Mexico. Employers should be held accountable for hiring illegals. The REAL thing here is drinking and driving. MADD had an impact on the courts at one time, but now they are not being listened to by the judges. Drinking and driving always hurts someone. This guy should be charged with premeditated murder. Drinking and driving a stolen car knowing he had no license.