Driver in fatal I-70 crash indicted |

Driver in fatal I-70 crash indicted

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

DENVER ” The alleged van driver in a crash that killed three people on Interstate 70 July 16 is facing life in prison, according to the Colorado U.S. attorney’s office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Jose Benedicto Jose-Zacariaz, 27, was indicited Thursday for transporting aliens illegally in the United States resulting in death, said Troy Eid, U.S. attorney for Colorado.

Jose-Zacariaz was driving nine people ” all in the country illegally ” when the van crashed into a semi-truck near Eagle, Eid said.

Three of the passengers died.

“This is becoming an unwelcome trend in Colorado,” Eid said.

If convicted of transporting illegal aliens within the United States resulting in death, Jose-Zacariaz faces life in federal prison, Eid said.

He also faces charges of transportation of aliens within the United States, which carries a sentence of five years in prison.

“Time and again we witness how alien smugglers place people’s lives in jeopardy so they can maximize their profits,” said Jeffrey Copp, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Denver. “It’s important that ICE work with the U.S. Attorney’s office to prosecute these egregious cases, demonstrating to other would-be smugglers the high cost of such criminal acts.”

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