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Illegal alien — ordered deported in 2017 — accused of killing Alabama schoolteacher in head-on crash


The victim is survived by her husband and two children

Teacher Sonya Jones of Mobile, Alabama (Image source: WPMI-TV video screenshot)

A Mobile, Alabama, schoolteacher is dead after a 16-year-old illegal alien with an outstanding deportation order allegedly drove across a highway median and hit her vehicle head-on.

What are the details?

Authorities say Sonya Jones, 49, was driving to work the morning of March 18 when she was hit by Domingo Marcos, who was later caught while trying to flee the scene. Jones did not survive the crash, and Marcos was taken to USA Women's and Children's Hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Now, Marcos is in custody, charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. Prosecutors say the suspect is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, who was previously arrested in Arizona in 2017 where he requested asylum.

In Arizona, Marcos was given a court date and released, but he never showed up for his scheduled hearing. A final deportation order was issued for the teen, but he was on the lam until his collision with Jones.

Jones was a teacher at Living Word Christian Center Kingdom Academy, where school director Voncile Banks told WPMI-TV, "We miss her dearly."

According to Jones' obituary, "her legacy to empower teen girls to live out their God-given purpose and to be all that God has destined for them will be lived out through all who were graced by her presence."

Jones leaves behind her husband, Harold; two children, Amberly and Anthony; as well as her parents, grandmother, and several other surviving relatives. Jones' longtime friend, Aja James, told WPMI of Marcos, "We've been praying for him as well because I don't know how can you deal with taking somebody's life like that."

Anything else?

Responding to the news of Marcos' arrest, Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne (R) told WKRG-TV, "Yet again we have someone who is in our country illegally taking the life of an American citizen. How many more Americans have to die before we take action to crack down on illegal immigration, secure the border, and keep the American people safe? Enough is enough!"

Fellow Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks (R) expressed outrage over Jones' death on Facebook, calling for a tightening of asylum laws and the end to so-called "catch-and-release" policies that allow illegal immigrants like Marcos to skip out on court and remain in the U.S.

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