A woman charged in the hit-and-run death of an Illinois teenager is in the country illegally and faces deportation.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a detainer order against Maria E. Romero, 41, of Rockford, according to Rock Island County Circuit Court records updated Friday.
As a result of the detainer, Romero cannot bond out of the Rock Island County Jail, where she initially was being held on a $250,000 bond.
Romero was advised of her deportation rights at her first appearance Thursday in Rock Island County. Her preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 16.
She was arrested Tuesday in Winnebago County on felony charges connected to the March 8 death of 17-year-old Emilio Perez of Villa Park. He was struck and killed on Interstate 88 after he ran out of gas near Joslin and was walking on the side of the highway.
Romero is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, a Class 4 felony, and failure to report an accident causing a death, a Class 1 felony. A Class 1 felony carries a penalty of four to 15 years in prison. A Class 4 felony carries a penalty of one to three years in prison.
It was unclear as of Friday how long Romero has been in the country illegally.