NEW: Jupiter man charged with homicide in crash that killed paramedics


The man accused in a June 1 Jupiter crash that killed two paramedics was arrested Thursday, town police said.

Genaro Delacruz Ajqui, 39, is charged with with two counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of DUI damage to person/property, and one count of driving without a license causing death. Lahiri Garcia, 51, and Paul Besaw, 36, were killed when their ambulance collided with another vehicle and overturned on Indiantown Road at Philadelphia Drive.

Ajqui, who was driving a Chrysler Sebring involved the crash, was critically injured and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

The Jupiter man was arrested when he was released from St. Mary’s Medical Center on Thursday afternoon by West Palm Beach Police.

Ajqui is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail, according to Jupiter Police Spokesman Adam Brown.

Determining Ajqui’s immigration status will be left to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Brown.

A spokesman for ICE said Thursday he did not have enough information to comment on Ajqui’s case. However, if a person facing criminal charges was found to be in the country illegally, their criminal proceedings would take priority over deportation hearings, ICE spokesman Nestor Yglesias said.

If the person is convicted, they would serve whatever time is imposed by a judge before being turned over for deportation proceedings, he said.

If a person is charged with a crime, but acquitted, they could still face deportation hearings.

Palm Beach County records show Ajqui was cited several times for traffic violations over the years.

In the span of 10 years, he was cited three times for driving without a license and once for not having a tag for his car. Each time he pleaded guilty and paid a fine, according to records. On Christmas Eve 2015, he was cited for passing in a no-pass zone and paid the civil penalty.

Each time, Ajqui was pulled over by Jupiter police.

Dawn Besaw, he widow of Paul Besaw, said she does not understand how Ajqui could be driving after being cited several times for traffic violations.

“How can you explain that to me? He’s been picked up for driving without a license and other driving violations, and he is still driving? How is that possible,” said Besaw.

Besaw, who has a six-year-old daughter Allison, plans to establish a foundation to financially assist children whose parents have been killed or injured by drunk drivers.

The Garcia family has told The Palm Beach Post they do not want to be contacted for comment.

This a developing story. Check back later for more details.



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