A Pennsylvania judge has denied a bail reduction request by
a native of Ghana accused of rear-ending and killing an employee of the
Honduran embassy in Washington, DC.
According to the Associated
Press, Hempfield Township Judge Mark Mansour said he wouldn't decrease
trucker Sam Thompson's bond below $100,000 because lawyers didn't counter
prosecutor's claims that Thompson was in the U.S. illegally.
Thompson faces a charge of homicide by vehicle after his
tractor-trailer hit a car and killed a passenger in it, Nuria Ortiz-Miranda,
31, of Washington, DC.
In February, Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Anthony DeLuca
told Land Line that Thompson was
distracted and slammed into the back of a Volkswagen Jetta at about 5:52 a.m.
on Thursday, Feb. 8 as the Jetta slowed down to exit the highway.
The impact from Thompson's truck pushed the Jetta nearly 250
feet from the crash's initial impact.
"He wasn't paying attention," DeLuca told Land Line in mid-February. "He forgot to
watch what he was doing."
Thompson's attorney told the judge that Thompson is a legal
resident who came to the U.S. with a visa in 1997 and married an American
citizen, The AP reported.
The victim, Ortiz-Miranda worked for the Honduran embassy as
a trade and investment promotion counselor, according to the embassy's Web
The four-wheeler's driver, Julio Anibal Marinada Nigro, of
Chile, suffered cuts to his face and neck pain from the crash and another
passenger, Pablo Octavcio Miranda Nigro, of Washington, DC, was also injured.
-By Charlie Morasch,