Authorities are now saying that a drunk driving suspect in a hit-and-run crash that left a 6-year-old San Ysidro boy severely injured over the weekend had apparently been deported from the U.S. at least 15 times.
38-year-old Constantino Banda-Acosta was last deported January 18 of this year and has at least 14 prior deportations since 2002. Banda-Acosta is accused of speeding west on Camino de La Plaza, running a stop sign at Dairy Mart Road and slamming his pickup into a Honda Accord about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The pickup driver did not stop.
According to the U.S. Border Patrol, Banda-Acosta who is a Mexican national was arrested a half an hour later.
The car Banda-Acosta struck was occupied by a family driving home after a day at Disneyland and sadly enough they were just a block away from their home when the crash occurred. The speeding Chevrolet Silverado hit the driver and passenger’s side where the boy, Lennox Lake, was sitting in his car seat.
The boy’s father, Benjamin, became trapped. His wife, Ingrid, crawled out of the front passenger seat and rushed to aid Lennox, who was unconscious at the time, not breathing and bleeding from his nostrils, ears, and head. The child suffered a major head injury and was taken to a hospital.
As of Tuesday night, he had undergone two surgeries at Rady Children’s Hospital. Lennox is expected to make a full recovery.
This is Lennox's GoFundMe Page: https://www.gofundme.com/u985t-love-for-lennox