ICE Official: Suspect arrested in fatal hit and run is an illegal alien

Published: Feb. 3, 2016 at 2:15 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 3, 2016 at 8:43 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The suspect arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run apparently was in the United States illegally.

A spokesman for Immigration Customs Enforcement said Wednesday afternoon that ICE has issued a detainer for 29 year old Agustin Guzman-Medina.

Bond has been set at $275,000 for Guzman-Medina in a hit-and-run that killed one person on Highway 78 in January.

Guzman-Medina was arrested and charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death in reference to the accident that killed 28-year-old Richard Martin of Summerville.

Police say shortly before 7 p.m. on Jan. 20, officers responded to a hit-and-run accident at the entrance to Plantation Mobile Home Park.

"According to witnesses, a red and black motorcycle was traveling west on Hwy 78 when a white in color Ford or Chevrolet work van turned left in front of the motorcycle," NCPD officials said."The van was attempting to enter the Plantation Acres MHP."

Authorities say the motorcycle and van collided, and the van continued into the mobile home park.

An affidavit says it was a call from a concerned citizen that sparked an interview between Medina and officials on Tuesday. In that meeting, Medina confessed to driving the vehicle that hit and killed Martin.

"Hopefully we can keep this guy off the streets and keep him in jail and get the justice that Richie deserves. Being in the ground or now away from us ain't where he deserves to be," Martin's brother Brian said after court.

Guzman-Medina shed some tears while North Charleston Police victim advocate Jessica Rodriguez read a statement to the judge on behalf of the family.

"You took the one thing that a seven year old little boy loved and adored most in this world, his father, This little boy will never be able to hug his father or hear his voice cheering him or telling him 'not to give up' when life gets tough," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez asked the judge to deny bail for Guzman-Medina because he allegedly drove away and left Martin to die.

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