Boy Seriously Hurt in DUI Crash Involving Illegal Immigrant Deported 15 Times
A six-year-old California boy was seriously injured by a suspected drunk driver who was previously deported back to Mexico 15 times.
The boy, Lennox Lake, sustained a fractured skull, which required two surgeries.
His parents sustained minor injuries when a truck ran a stop sign and slammed into the car's driver's side, where Lennox's car seat was positioned.
Lennox remains hospitalized but he is improving and doctors are hopeful he can make a full recovery.
His father, Benjamin Lake, said on "Fox & Friends" this morning that the family was returning home from a trip to Disneyland last week when their vehicle was struck.
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The suspect's blood-alcohol level was reportedly twice the legal limit. He fled the scene, but was taken into custody shortly thereafter.
Constantino Banda-Acosta, 38, and his passenger at the time were both in the U.S. illegally, ICE said.
ICE agents say Banda-Acosta, a Mexican citizen, was deported 15 times since 2002, including most recently in January.
"Just seeing Lennox lifeless in my wife's arms was heartbreaking," Lake told Ainsley Earhardt, explaining that he was previously "indifferent" about the impact of criminal aliens in the United States.
"I don't feel like this guy represents all illegals. But I feel like the ones with a criminal record, who have done bad things and have previously been deported, they shouldn't be finding ways back into the country," said Lake, adding that not much can be done for the family to seek "re-compensation" from the suspect.
Father of 6yo injured in car crash with illegal immigrant says the accident has changed his outlook on deporting criminal illegal immigrants pic.twitter.com/VhY1W5eZfm
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Lake said there is a "systemic problem" right now that goes beyond Democrats or Republicans.
A GoFundMe page to help the family with medical bills has quickly raised more than $40,000 and counting.
Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.