An illegal immigrant was charged on Thursday after killing a high school teen in a hit-and-run in Michigan.
Miguel A. Ibarra Cerda, a 21-year-old Mexican national who was working at a Burrito King in the area, pleaded not guilty to reckless driving causing death and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Cerda, driving a Honda Odyssey minivan, struck 14-year-old Justin Lee as the teen was riding his bicycle. Credo was reportedly driving in excess of speed limits and was on the wrong side of the road when he hit Lee. Witnesses say he sped off immediately after the accident.
Police tracked down and arrested Cerda in Lansing, Michigan, and they believe he was trying to get back to Mexico.
Lee was a student and football player at Walled Lake Western High School. He had dreams of attending University of Michigan to play football and study forensic science.
“I remember him kissing me on the head before leaving the house and telling me he loved me,” Lee’s mother, Pattie Warner-Lee, said. “He was a very kind person. The kind who is so funny he could pick you up when you were at your lowest.”
Justin Lee, 14, (photographed below) was killed in a hit-and-run on Monday. The suspect, who was driving a blue Chevy Silverado, is still on the loose.
— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) June 12, 2018