IPSWICH (CBS) – An illegal immigrant from Brazil charged with hitting a girl with his truck in Ipswich may be deported.
Authorities said Wanderson DaSilva-Neto was backing up on his driveway on High Street when he allegedly hit an 11-year-old girl who was riding her bike to school.
Witnesses said the girl was screaming as she was dragged under the vehicle for about four feet. She suffered non-life threatening injuries.
DaSilva-Neto is charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, but his attorney Tony Papoulias said the girl was traveling in the wrong direction.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Bernice Corpuz reports.
“He was pulling out. She was coming in the opposite direction from him, and he didn’t see her. That’s pretty much what happened here,” said Papoulias.
DaSilva-Neto is also charged with not having a driver’s license. He was ordered to be held without bail.
Authorities said he also has an U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer against him.