A couple driving to work on Tuesday morning are dead after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents got out of the car that pulled them over, and they fled the scene and crashed.
A car turned on their emergency lights and pulled Santos Hilario Garcia, 35 and Marcelina Garcia Profecto, 33, over, but they fled when ICE agents were the ones to come out of the car. They drove at high speed and lost control as they drifted onto the dirt shoulder and struck a utility pole. According to KTLA, the SUV was overturned on its roof and the pair were found dead at the scene. The incident occurred in Kern County, California, a sanctuary state where ICE agents have increased raids in response to the January law that made it illegal for local officials to cooperate with ICE officials.
The President of United Farm Workers, Arturo Rodriguez, stated that "They were farm workers here in the area [of Delano] and they wanted to provide for their six children." He added he was sure they were, "thinking of their children" when they fled the scene.
According to ICE, Hilario was not the person the agency was looking for though he matched the target's residence address and description.
The Delano Police Department released a statement that they are still conducting an investigation.