Driver of immigrant van deported at least twice

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

There's new information about the driver in the fatal van crash on Interstate 70 this week.

Immigration authorities say 23-year-old Jose Franco Rodriguez had been sent back to Mexico at least two times. His last deportation came just two months ago from Denver.

Authorities say he was driving a van packed with 14 illegal immigrants this week when he lost control in Idaho Springs. The van struck a tree and rolled, killing four people.

He's being held for investigation of breaking a new state law that makes it illegal to transport illegal immigrants for money. Federal authorities are also investigating the smuggling ring they say he worked with.

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