Ritter Says System Failed For Suspect In Crash

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Denver (AP) Gov. Bill Ritter says the legal system failed for a suspected illegal immigrant accused in a hit-and-run crash that killed three people in Aurora.

Twenty-three-year-old Francis Hernandez is being held on three counts of vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and hit and run. Aurora police say he was the driver of an SUV that crashed into a pickup and shoved it into a Baskin Robbins ice cream shop. Two
women in the pickup died instantly, and a toddler in the store died at a hospital.

Authorities say Hernandez had been arrested 16 times in the past five years. Only after Thursday's accident did federal immigration officials put a hold on him while they determine if he is in the country legally.

Ritter told KOA-AM radio Tuesday that “it's clearly something we have to fix” among federal, state and local authorities.