Hillsborough, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles said Thursday that the man who was operating a construction truck that rolled down a hill and killed a 5-year-old has never had a driver’s license in the state.
Alejandro Suarez, 28, of Spider Lily Lane in Angier, was unable to provide ID to investigators on the scene Monday after a dump truck rolled unmanned down a hill and into a home, killing 5-year-old Everett Copeland.
Suarez is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle Copeland’s death and could face deportation because he is in the United States illegally, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and has two previous moving violations.
According to authorities, Suarez, a construction worker, left a dump truck unattended at the top of a hill on Dogwood Bloom Lane in the Forest Ridge subdivision. He told first responders that he had set the brake on the truck only to see it rolling free, but according to an arrest warrant, the truck was left unattended, and he failed to effectively secure the parking brake.
Suarez was convicted of DWI in 2009, and he was charged in 2013 for driving while license revoked in Wake County.
Hillsborough police said Thursday that Suarez was working for Kala Contracting, based in Apex, at the time of the incident.
State documents show the company is currently under revenue suspension. Multiple calls from WRAL to Kala Contracting were never returned.
Suarez was being held at the Orange County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond.
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