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ICE places detainer on driver who fled deadly Gainesville crash

Vicente Martir Vides Vasquez (Photo: Prince William County police)

The man who was charged with involuntary manslaughter after fleeing the scene of a crash in Gainesville that left one person dead is suspected of being illegally in the country.

ICE told ABC7 News on Tuesday that it has placed a detainer on 21-year-old Vicente Vides Vasquez, who is from Guatemala.

Police in Prince William County believe Vides Vasquez was drinking and speeding early Monday morning around 2:45 a.m. James Madison Highway between Roland Park Place and Thoroughfare Road of his vehicle that then flipped and crashed outside Gainesville.

Officers said Vides Vasquez then fled the scene before he was later located and captured by Fauquier County Sheriff's Office deputies walking along a roadway shortly after 1 p.m. later that day.

A man who was in the backseat of the vehicle was not wearing his seatbelt and was thrown from the car, police said. The victim was later identified as 38-year-old Jose Nelvin Romero Maldonado, of Warrenton, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

A 30-year-old man, of Warrenton, who was sitting in the front passenger seat of the vehicle and was wearing his seatbelt suffered minor injuries, according to authorities. He was transported to a hospital and released.

Fairfax County police aided in the search for Vides Vasquez with heat-seeking infrared technology from their helicopter after he fled the scene. A K-9 unit also was sent out to find him.

When Vides Vasquez was located, police said he was detained without incident. After an investigation was conducted, he was arrested. In addition to involuntary manslaughter, he also has been charged with hit-and-run causing death and driving without a license.

ICE also released a statement on what it means to be an ICE detainer:

Detainers serve as a legally authorized request, upon which a law enforcement agency may rely, to continue to maintain custody of an alien for up to 48 hours so that ICE may assume custody for removal purposes. Pursuant to ICE policy, all ICE detainers are submitted with an accompanying administrative arrest warrant or warrant of removal depending upon the circumstances of the individual case. ICE places immigration detainers when the agency possesses probable cause to believe an alien is deportable from the United States.
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