Driver Charged in Lakewood Crash Entered US Illegally

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    Ida Siegal
    Scene of the crash in Lakewood, NJ Tuesday.

    Officials say the driver of an SUV that was involved in a southern New Jersey collision that left 15 people injured is an illegal immigrant.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Spokesman Ross Feinstein said Wednesday that once Jorge Castillo-Perez is released from custody, he will be detained by federal authorities and likely deported to Mexico.

    Ocean County prosecutors said Castillo-Perez was charged with driving with a suspended license and being involved in a crash involving serious bodily injury following Tuesday's accident.

    Lakewood police say Castillo-Perez was previously ticketed for driving without a license.

    Authorities say the SUV driven by Castillo-Perez's hit a van carrying 13 contract workers for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, who were returning from a trip transporting vehicles.

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