Allison Besaw salutes her father Paul Besaw at Celebration of Life ceremony at Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens (Photo/Bruce Bennett)
The man accused in the fatal crash that killed two paramedics is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail without bond.
Genaro De La Cruz Ajqui, 39, a citizen of Guatemala living in Jupiter, is accused in the June 1 crash that killed emergency-medical technicians Lahari Garcia and Paul Besaw. De La Cruz has had a detainer placed on him by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Jupiter Police declined to comment on the specifics of the case.
“We are waiting for the case to go to trial,” Vince said.
The fatal crash occurred shortly before 3 a.m. near West Indiantown Road and Philadelphia Drive. Authorities say De La Cruz was driving under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his 2000 Chrysler convertible into the ambulance occupied by Garcia and Besaw.
Jupiter police arrested De La Cruz on multiple charges, including DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving without a license on June 15. De La Cruz was taken into custody when he was released from St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Any criminal court proceeding would take priority over an immigration hearing, according to ICE spokesman Nestor Yglesias.
If De La Cruz is convicted, he would serve whatever time is imposed by a judge before being turned over for deportation proceedings. If he is charged with a crime, but acquitted, they could still face deportation hearings. He could also negotiate a plea agreement, according to ICE regulations.
Palm Beach County records show De La Cruz was cited several times for traffic violations over the years.
Dawn Besaw, the widow of Paul Besaw, said she does not understand how De La Cruz could be driving after being cited several times for traffic violations.
“How can you explain that to me?” she asked.
Genaro De La Cruz Ajqui makes his first appearance in West Palm Beach Friday, June 16, 2017. The 39-year-old was arrested Thursday on two counts of vehicular homicide and of DUI manslaughter in the deaths of Lahiri Garcia, 51, and Paul Besaw, 36, two drivers for the American Medical Reponse ambulance company. (Photo/Bruce Bennett)