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Hit-and-run victim identified as suspect awaits bond

Juan Gomez Jorge awaits a hearing in Albertville. (Source: Albertville PD) Juan Gomez Jorge awaits a hearing in Albertville. (Source: Albertville PD)

An illegal immigrant is now in custody charged with running over and killing a Marshall County man late Tuesday evening. In determining bond, officials are factoring concerns of the subject being a flight risk.

Juan Gomez Jorge told police he is an illegal out of the country of Guatemala. He's now facing felony leaving the scene of an accident with injury charges.

Albertville police said 23-year-old Bradley Aaron Benefield of Horton was struck by a vehicle when he was crossing Baltimore Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

Benefield was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital, and was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon.

Police followed leads and came up with Jorge as a suspect. He was arrested late Wednesday afternoon. Bond must now be set, and officials said the maximum is only $15,000 according to the bond schedule.

"Obviously that will be a concern," said Assistant Police Chief Jamie Smith. "That will be something ultimately left up to a magistrate and/or a judge as to his risk of flight and how high they set the bond."

A family in Boaz has dealt with a similar situation. Joe Davis' son was hit by a man, also an illegal immigrant, who was set to be deported after his release in May. Davis worries the man will just come back into the country, and that another person could be hurt.

Davis said it is a simple problem the government could fix.

"We've got the manpower," Davis said. "If I've got a bunch of cattle out there and they keep getting across the fence to get to greener grass, I put up a bigger fence."

Meanwhile, Juan Gomez Jorge remains in the Albertville city jail awaiting a hearing before a judge.

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