Federal authorities said the man who was charged for killing a 67-year-old man in a hit-and-run in Norristown, Pennsylvania, had entered the United States illegally.
Nemias Perez Severiano, 31, is accused of driving a vehicle that killed Samuel Jackson on Nov. 10, a day before Veterans Day, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The Mexican national resided in the 200 block of East Main Street in Norristown.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson told Fox News that they had lodged a detainer request for the 31-year-old on Nov. 12.
A detainer request is given to law enforcement asking them to notify ICE in advance of the suspects release so ICE can assume custody of the non-citizen who has illegally entered the United States and possibly process them to be removed from the country. The request asks law enforcement agencies to contact ICE at least 48 hours before the suspect is released from criminal custody, according to ICE.
According to the local police, the 67-year-old Marine had just gotten out of his car when Severiano’s vehicle struck and dragged Jackson more than 50-feet, Fox News reported.
Officers found the veteran unresponsive and lying on the street, the Times Herald reported.
Jackson was pronounced dead at the Mercy Suburban Hospital, The Inquirer reported.
Following his death, an autopsy determined that Jackson died of multiple injuries.
The detectives on the case said that the collision was so “violent” that the impact cause Jackson to be “knocked out of his shoes.” His hat and glasses were also “dislodged,” The Times Herald reported.
A criminal complaint stated that Severiano consumed seven to eight beers within a five hour period.
Jackson, who served in the Marine Corp. during the Vietnam War between 1970 and 1971, was honorably discharged as a corporal.
The Marine Corps Times reported that Jackson was buried in a dress blue uniform donated by a Marine veteran in a nearby city in Pennsylvania.
“No one deserves to die like that,” Doug Franks told CBS Philly. “He was very proud of his service for very good reason.”
Authorities announced Severiano’s arrest on Nov. 13 and that he was charged for being involved in an accident that caused death without a license, driving without a license, and other offenses.
The district judge set his bail to $200,000.