Grant Mishoe at SConFire.com is the first with new developments in the weekend crash that took the life of Firefighter Chance Zobel in Columbia, South Carolina and critically injured Firefighter Larry Irving.
According to The State, 34-year-old Neida Ortega, charged with causing the collision on I-20, is in the United States illegally and is now facing deportation proceedings. The firefighters were putting out a brush fire along the highway.
“She acknowledged that she was not in this country legally,” said S.C. Highway Patrol Col. Kenny Lancaster.
“Federal officers from ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) went to her house before she left for work,” he said.She did have a license, but it was from Mexico, said Lancaster. “She said she had lived here 10 years.”
Keep checking SConFire.com for the latest developments and details on the funeral for Chance Zobel.
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