Illegal immigrant accused of killing 2 in hit and run had been deported 8 times

The illegal immigrant wanted for allegedly killing two people in a hit-and-run case in Kentucky had been deported eight times, the Department of Justice has confirmed.

Miguel Angel Villasenor-Saucedo, 40, is wanted for the Oct. 22 drunken car crash that killed two women in Louisville. Villasenor-Saucedo was most recently deported in 2013.

“Villasenor-Saucedo fled the scene and [Louisville police] officers later obtained a criminal complaint from the Jefferson County District Court charging Villasenor-Saucedo with leaving the scene of a fatal hit and run accident," the Justice Department said in a statement. "A warrant has been issued for Villasenor-Saucedo’s arrest.”

Miguel Angel Villasenor-Saucedo

Miguel Angel Villasenor-Saucedo (Louisville Police)


The statement said the DOJ learned soon after the accident that Villasenor-Saucedo was an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

“Upon learning of Villasenor-Saucedo’s illegal immigration status in the United States, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office began investigating Villasenor-Saucedo and found that he had previously been deported from the United States on eight occasions and did not have lawful authority to be present in the United States,” the statement said.

The two women who were killed had gotten out of their car after it was involved in a separate collision. They were standing beside their car on Louisville's Outer Loop when the Chevy 1500 truck driven by Villasenor-Saucedo struck them, investigators allege.

Federal court records show four instances when Villasenor-Saucedo was caught by border patrol agents in Texas. In June and September 2011, he told border agents he had crossed the Rio Grande near Brownsville, and also rafted across the river near Hidalgo. In November 2012 he was twice stopped by border agents and told them he crossed the river near Hidalgo two times within six days, according to the Courier-Journal.