Bicyclist faces deportation after crash in Keys, reports say
Marcos Huete detained since April 27, Border Patrol says
FLORIDA KEYS, Fla. – A bicyclist who was struck by a pickup in the Keys in April was turned over to immigration officials and now faces deportation, according to reports.
The crash took place on April 27 as the pickup was traveling northbound on US 1 at mile marker 4.5 when it approached a three-way intersection at Macdonald Avenue, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.
The bicyclist, Marcos Antonio Huete, 31, of Honduras, attempted to cross in front of the pickup and "darted out" in front of the vehicle, FHP said.
Huete was cited for hindering traffic but the driver was not fined.
Civil rights advocates on Thursday condemned law enforcement for their handling of the crash because an officer is heard on a body camera video asking Huete if he was "legal" before a offering medical assistance.
"Hey man, you speak English? You speak Spanish? You got ID? Passport? Visa? What? You're illegal? Are you a legal citizen or no?" the officer said on the body camera.
Moments later, a second Spanish-speaking officer calls for an ambulance.
The driver said when she saw the cyclist he was "half dead" and screaming, according to the body camera.
The cyclist was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center and was later released.
Huete's sister said officers told them to return to the scene of the crash after he was released from the hospital. That's where Huete was turned over to U.S. Border Patrol officers.
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