MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — During a preliminary hearing Monday, a judge denied bond for a teenager in the country illegally accused of causing a crash that killed a Mobile County woman.
17-year-old Domingo Marcos Diego is charged with homicide by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries in a head-on crash on Moffett Road in Semmes that claimed the life of Sonya Jones.
Marcos Diego made it into the courtroom on crutches, to stand in front of Judge George Hardesty.
In court, Alabama trooper Timothy Freeman testified that Marcos Diego crossed over into the opposite lane, hitting Jones head on. He added in court, Marcos Diego tried to flee the scene multiple times.
Diego’s defense attorney believes the charges are not appropriate, saying he was forced into Jones’ lane by a car next to him.
“Our position is that it wasn’t a knowing, knowingly, or deliberate action. It was simply an accident. He did not have control of his vehicle after his vehicle made contact with the other vehicle. It was simply an accident,” said Michael Kaoui, Marcos Diego’s lawyer.
“The evidence that we have, both from the video that was testified about and the crash data retrieval system that there was testimony about is totally inconsistent with that theory. What we do know is that Mr. Diego was speeding and he directly crossed over a center lane of traffic directly into Ms. Jones lane of travel,” said Keith Blackwood, the Assistant DA.
The family of Sonya Jones are focusing on keeping her dreams alive. They tell News 5 she wanted to send her daughter, 17-year-old Amberly, to college. They have set up a GoFundMe to find “triumph over tragedy,” and help make that goal possible. Jones’ husband, Harold, tells News 5 Amberly is having a difficult time with the loss of her mother. He explains she’s trying to learn to be a normal teenager without her mom, who was her best friend.
The case has been turned over to a grand jury.