RIO VISTA, TX (WFAA) – The suspect in a horrific drunk driving accident that claimed the life of a young mother has now drawn the attention of federal immigration officials.
Candido Martinez-Ramirez, 32, is in a Johnson County jail cell after recently being arrested for intoxication manslaughter by Rio Vista police.
Chief David Niederhaus said Ramirez was drunk when his pick-up truck collided with an SUV on Texas 174 two weeks ago.
The driver of that SUV, Jenifer Smith, was killed at the scene.
“We moved quickly with the DA on this to get a warrant,” Niederhaus told WFAA on Thursday.
He said Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers also interviewed Ramirez, and placed a “hold” on him after determining he was undocumented and here illegally.
Coworkers of Smith, a mother of two boys, said the usually bustling diner she ran at a local Shell gas station in Cleburne isn’t the same.
“You can spend your whole day with someone, even your whole life, and they’re just gone like that,” Sheri Rhoudes said.
Rhoudes is now in charge of the kitchen at the spot on W. Industrial Avenue.
She said they’ve left up Jenifer’s schedule, photos, …
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