Micaela Coronel, a 25-year-old Argentinian illegal immigrant was driving her own children to school when she hit 13-year-old Mariana Perez Borroto, who was facing oncoming traffic while riding her bike to school to Lake Marion Creek Middle School.
The 13-year-old didn’t die immediately, she died after she was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando, where she later succumbed to her injuries. In other words, she likely suffered greatly before dying only two weeks before her 14th birthday.
ABC Action News reports – Authorities say 25-year-old Micaela Coronel hit 13-year-old Mariana Perez Borroto while the student was biking to school around 7:50 a.m. on Homosassa Road.
Coronel is from Argentina and in the county on a ‘visitors pass,’ according to the sheriff’s office. She does not have a valid driver’s license, the sheriff’s office says.
Coronel told authorities condensation was covering 80% of the windshield on her Chrysler Town & Country minivan at the time of the accident.
The sheriff’s office says other factors that may have contributed to the crash are being investigated. They are also checking with ICE to determine Coronel’s status in the country.
According to the Daily Mail – PCSO Traffic deputies said the suspect failed to use due care.
She presented them with an Argentinian identification card upon her arrest but didn’t have a state license nor did she possess any kind of driver’s license.
‘This suspect should not have even been behind the wheel of a vehicle. This is an awful, senseless tragedy that should never have occurred,’ Judd said. ‘This beautiful child should be turning 14 years old in just two weeks, but for this suspect’s illegal actions. Mariana’s family and friends are in our prayers.
He added: ‘Nothing is going to bring that beautiful 13-year-old girl back to her family.’
Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd claimed in a police conference that Coronel didn’t know how to drive and put her own children at risk.
‘She’s here illegally, she’s operating a motor vehicle illegally, and she runs over a child. This simply wouldn’t have happened if she was in her country of origin, Argentina,’ Judd added of Coronel. ‘Here’s one more example of someone illegally in this country clearly violating the law. There is no excuse.’
Coronel was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license causing death, which is a third-degree felony.