Illegal immigrant wins appeal in fatal crash

LANSING (AP) -- An illegal immigrant involved in a crash that killed a high school student can't be charged solely because he was driving with an expired Mexican license.

The Michigan appeals court agrees with an Ingham County judge, who said state law doesn't fit in the death of Adam Nevells. His car was hit as he pulled out of the parking lot at Okemos High School in 2009.

There's no evidence of negligence by the other driver, Valeriano Acosta-Bautista. But the Ingham County prosecutor charged him with causing death while driving with a suspended or revoked license. Attorneys say Acosta-Bautista's license was expired, not suspended or revoked. They cite an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico to honor licenses in both countries.

Acosta-Bautista no longer lives in the U.S.

Published: Fri, May 4, 2012

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