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Suspect in Wilson County bus stop hit-and-run in US illegally

Posted October 3, 2014

Marcos Santiaga Bautista

— 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.


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  • veryfrustrated1 Oct 3, 2014

    This is to be expected when your president promotes people breaking our laws!

  • common tater Oct 3, 2014

    Big surprise. Hey Pack. This country was built without the help of the millions of illegal immigrants we have now. We did the work before, and we would do it now if they weren't here driving down wages by taking advantage of billions in government handouts. Americans can and will do the jobs...for a fair wage. Do we really want to give amnesty to millions of people who have proven they have no respect for rule of law? It's no wonder we're at a tipping point where soon we won't have enough paying taxes to support all those who mostly don't.

  • hardycitrus Oct 3, 2014

    Americans will do those jobs for a decent salary. This is called "the free market."

  • archmaker Oct 3, 2014

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    Yea right. If we can't raise the wage for those who cook the fries, it ain't gonna happen for those who pick the potatoes.

  • zProt Oct 3, 2014

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    By saying Americans wont do certain jobs, you are perpetuating a myth and playing right into the hands of those with an agenda and stand to gain from illegal immigration. American's will do these jobs when they pay a humane, livable wage.

  • disgusted2010 Oct 3, 2014

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    Want to fix it, close the borders and eliminate the "entitlements." There will be no problem getting crops harvested.

  • miseem Oct 3, 2014

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    So we should go to war with Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras? Or should we put out mines, a 12 foot tall fence, razor wire and 400,000 troops with orders to shoot to kill at the Mexican AND Canadian border? Of course, then we will have to secure our ocean access also since they will be coming in in boats, so maybe we need to up that to about a million troops and make the beaches off limits to everyone else. Because that is what it will take to truly "secure" the border.
    Securing the border is just a GOP cop out for doing nothing about immigration laws. I'm not in favor of passing out US citizenship to anybody that shows up, but something needs to be done. And any barricade can be breached. Fencing the border has been tried and dropped due to the inability to pay for 2,000 miles of impenetrable fences and detection technology along the US-Mexico border. But hey, let's throw a couple of hundred million dollars that way.

  • Shiver me timbers Oct 3, 2014

    Recent news confirms 10s of thousands who crossed the border illegally were just turned loose into the general population with the promise they would attend an immigration hearing in a few weeks (no surprise that not many reappeared). Those same people are now called undocumented intead of illegal. Given that, dont expect big government to protect you.

  • ensti9 Oct 3, 2014

    No surprise whatsoever. North Carolina is a jobs magnet for illegal immigration.

  • Danny Cole Oct 3, 2014
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    People, we need out leaders to step up. We went to War when Germany invaded Europe, in both WWI and WWII, We went to war when North Korea invaded South Korea, And also when North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam. But we are being invaded each and every day with our borders insecure and we will do nothing about it. Don't people realize the drain on our economy these people are causing will bring us down just like bullets? Without secure borders we send an invite to ISIS and they will bring weapons. It's time to secure our borders, tell the rest of the world to go to Hades and take care of our own for a change.