BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Two people are dead following a crash in Delano Tuesday morning, and police say, the people inside an overturned vehicle tried to flee ICE agents attempting to pull them over.
The crash happened just before 7 a.m. in the 3000 block of West Cecil Avenue.
Police said the vehicle initially pulled over on the side of the road, but took off after agents exited their vehicle. A short time later, the fleeing vehicle lost control, rolled over and collided with a power pole.
Delano police said the two people inside, a man and a woman from Delano, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Delano Police Department identified the two people killed as 35-year-old Santo Hilario Garcia and 33-year-old Marcelina Garcia Profecto.
The ACLU of Southern California’s director of immigrants’ rights Jennie Pasquarella issued the following statement condemning Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions:
“In recent weeks, we have received numerous reports from Kern County and other parts of the Central Valley of ICE staking out the roads farmworkers travel to get to work and pulling them over during early morning hours without any lawful basis, resulting in numerous unlawful arrests of residents.
“Reports received by the ACLU indicate that ICE is often pulling farmworkers over in unmarked vehicles. As in this case, drivers and passengers stop, after being signaled to pull over, believing the officers to be police, but only come to learn after being approached, questioned, and arrested that the officers are actually ICE.
“This incident demonstrates just how dangerous ICE’s unlawful practices are to our communities. This horrible tragedy is the direct result of ICE’s inhumane tactics and the fear it provokes in hardworking people who stand to lose everything if they are deported.”