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ICE Officers Arrest Driver in Maryland Crash that Killed FBI Agent and Fire Marshal

ICE officers have arrested a Guatemalan national who fatally stuck an FBI agent and a fire marshal in Maryland last December.

ICE spokeswoman Justine Whelan said Roberto Garza Palacios, 28 was taken into custody at his residence, which was in Gaithersburg, according to court records.

Whelan said Garza Palacios was “unlawfully present” in the U.S., and was charged with overstaying and violating the terms of a work visa that had expired in 2009.

The statement also said that Garza Palacios was previously arrested in 2015 by Montgomery County on local charges, bur despite an ICE detainer he was released from custody.

The 28-year-old has now been charged with negligent driving in the deaths of FBI agent Carlos Wolf, 36, and Maryland fire marshal Sander Cohen, 33.

In the incident last December, Wolf had crashed his vehicle and Cohen had stopped to help him, while both men were off-duty. A state police investigation would later show that Wolf crashed his SUV while reaching for his cell phone. According to the investigation, Garza Palacios struck them after coming up behind the stationary cars and, unable to swerve to the right because of traffic, veered onto the shoulder. Alcohol, drugs and speed were all ruled out as factors in the crash by investigators.

The negligent driving charge is punishable by a $280 fine and the loss of three points on a license.

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