Suspect in Wilson County bus stop hit-and-run in US illegally
Posted October 3, 2014
Wilson, N.C. — The man charged with hitting two children Thursday morning at a Wilson County bus stop and then fleeing the scene is in the U.S. illegally, according to the State Highway Patrol.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has an outstanding deportation warrant for Marcos Santiaga Bautista, authorities said. ICE considers Bautista a fugitive after he failed to attend an immigration hearing in South Carolina.
The Highway Patrol said 10-year-old German Arroyo-Correa and his 5-year-old sister, Areli Arroyo-Correa, were crossing the street in front of their Sims home when they were hit by a Ford Explorer. The school bus' stop arm was out and its caution lights were flashing, authorities said.
The driver of the Explorer didn't stop, but Wilson County deputies were able to find the SUV about a mile away behind a tobacco barn and arrested Bautista.
Bautista, 27, of Sims, is charged with felony hit-and-run, felony passing a stopped school bus, driving without a license, failure to register a motor vehicle and displaying fictitious registration.
After a court hearing Friday morning during which his immigration status was discussed, his bond was raised from $30,000 to $1 million.
The two children, who are students at Rock Ridge Elementary School, were listed in serious condition Thursday at WakeMed in Raleigh.