Woman Deported After Conviction In Car Crash That Killed 4 Children Arrested After Being Found Back In U.S.
By Hank Berrien
[First published by DailyWire.com]
A Guatemalan woman who was convicted and sentenced to to 12 1/2 years in prison after a 2008 Minnesota crash in which four children aged 9 to 13 were killed, then was deported in 2016 after serving eight years of her sentence, was arrested by federal immigration officials who found she had reentered the United States.
Olga Franco del Cid, 35, was arrested at her home in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, on Tuesday, as The Daily Mail reports. The Star-Tribune reported of the 2008 accident:
Responders at the scene found Franco del Cid behind the steering wheel, her right foot wedged under a crumpled dashboard near the accelerator. Her attorneys argued that her boyfriend was the one driving the van and fled because he didn’t want to be deported to Mexico. They argued that he was thrown out of the van on impact, and Franco del Cid was thrown into the driver’s seat.
The Daily Mail added, “At least 10 people were hospitalized for injuries suffered when the minivan broadsided the school bus after turning right on a country road. The bus rolled on its side and crushed the hood and cab of a pickup truck.” As MPR News noted at the time, the pickup driver, James Hancock, said from his hospital bed to the Star Tribune, “I saw the maroon van run a stop sign; it blew over the railroad tracks and hit the bus, sending it sliding into me. The next thing I knew, they were hauling kids out and it was chaos.”