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An illegal immigrant arrested in connection with a collision that killed a father of five was drunk and on drugs, and had four previous drunken driving convictions, law officers said.
Jose Pena, 26, was allegedly traveling 90 miles per hour on March 31 when he crossed a double yellow line and hit 33-year-old Kent Boone. He also allegedly had two pounds of crystal methamphetamine in his truck, according to California Highway Patrol officers who later checked Pena's home and found more drugs.
Pena was booked into the Solano County Jail on suspicion of murder, driving under the influence and drug offenses when he was released from the hospital a week after the crash, said Solano County sheriff's spokeswoman Paula Toynbee.
Boone's family, including five children aged 12 to 5, was devastated by his death, and angry at Pena.
"He needs to be in prison. There's no way they're going to be able to deport him and keep him out of our country," said Boone's widow, Regina Sorisio.
The Solano County District Attorney's Office is further investigating the case.
Federal immigration authorities also have placed a hold on Pena, meaning local law enforcement will notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement before releasing him, said spokeswoman Virginia Kice.
Pena's bail was set at $950,000.