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Friday, May 26, 2017

A Florida cyclist hit by a truck is being deported after deputy asks if he's 'illegal'

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 1:46 PM

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An undocumented cyclist who was hit by truck at a crosswalk in Key West is being deported after a responding deputy asked him if he was "illegal."

Univision reports Marcos Huete, 31, of Honduras, was riding his bicycle to work on April 27 when he was hit by a driver with a GMC Sierra SUV. Body cameras from Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies show an injured Huete on the side of the road with his bike next to him. One deputy asks him if he can speak English.

"You got ID? … Passport, visa, what?" the deputy is heard asking Huete in the video. "You're illegal? … Are you a legal citizen or no?"

The deputy then asks if Huete wants an ambulance, and Huete calls his sister, Olga Huete. He was eventually taken to a local hospital and released on crutches, according to Univision. After he was discharged, a deputy told him and his sister that they had to return to the scene of the accident.

When they got there, the Florida Highway Patrol fined him $75 for "hindering traffic." The police report alleges Huete darted in front of the truck and obstructed traffic. The driver, Tiffany Andree Pierce, 44, of Key West, was not cited.

Univision reports Border Patrol agents also showed up at at the scene and asked to see Huete's papers. Huete was sent to Krome Detention Center in south Miami-Dade County and is still being held there.

BuzzFeed News reports Huete was previously deported in 2010 but returned to the U.S. in 2015 to work and continue helping his mother and two daughters. This makes him a priority for deportation under new federal rules.

"What they did was inhumane," Olga Huete told the Associated Press. "The way he was lying there and couldn't stand up meant his health came first. It's true, he is undocumented, but the first thing the officer needed to do was to make sure he wasn't injured. But instead, he was fined and sent to the border patrol. We were so confused."

A spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection told BuzzFeed that FHP was the agency that contacted them to help identify Huete. The FHP has not responded to questions about how they coordinate with ICE.

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