Schmitt cheers ICE detention of suspect in fatal hit-and-run

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt applauded the announcement by federal authorities on Friday that they had taken into custody an undocumented immigrant who had been charged with fleeing from a fatal car accident in Stony Point last month.

Jorge Flores-Villalba, a 27-year-old Mexican who had entered the U.S. illegally, was picked up Monday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Tuesday as he left a home in Haverstraw. He had been charged with fatally striking a 35-year-old mother of three with his SUV as she crossed Route 9W on foot on Christmas Eve. Police released him afterward because a state law that took effect on Wednesday doesn’t allow him to be held on bail while his case is pending.

Schmitt, a New Windsor Republican who held a rally for the accident victim, Maria “Rosie” Osai, last Sunday to protest the bail reforms, said on Friday: “Thanks to federal intervention, Rosie’s family will receive the justice they deserve, the justice that was denied by New York State. We must immediately repeal these criminal justice changes to ensure the safety of all residents of New York.”

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