Driver of truck that killed Hillsborough boy might be in country illegally, officials say
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A man charged in the death of a young boy killed by a runaway truck earlier this week was the first case called Wednesday afternoon inside an Orange County courtroom.
CLICK TO VIEW PHOTOS OF THE VICTIM, SCENE & SUSPECTAlejandro Suarez appeared via video while still behind bars.
Suarez used a translator in court for his first appearance on a misdemeanor death by vehicle charge.
Hillsborough police say Suarez is responsible for killing Everett Copeland, 5, on Monday afternoon, court documents say. Everett was hit by a truck while outside in his Hillsborough neighborhood.
During his processing at jail, Suarez was given an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer, because there was a question regarding his legal status in America.
Police say Suarez left the truck, which was on a hill, unattended, without turning off the engine and effectively setting the parking break.
The truck then rolled downhill, hitting Everett and smashing