A 16 year old illegal immigrant who is accused of causing a crash that killed a local woman was back in court Monday, this time with an interpreter.

Domingo Marcos Diego is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the the accident scene.

The victim was Sonya Jones, a local teacher.

Friends and family members were in court Monday.

Authorities say Marcos Diego crossed the center turn lane on Highway 98 in Semmes last week and ran into Jones' car head on.

Monday, an interpreter was sworn in and translated what the assistant district attorney said about the charges against Marcos Diego.

An attorney who speaks Spanish was also appointed for him.

Prosecutors told Marcos Diego that even if he were granted bond, regardless of whether he made it or not, he would be deported.

But they talked about why they want him kept in Mobile.

Assistant District Attorney Keith Blackwood said, "The importance of making sure he doesn't get a bond is that he is here in Alabama facing these charges being held accountable for them. If he's deported, then he'll be sent to Guatemala and we'll never see him again. He will not face these charges."

Diego's attorney, Ginger Poynter, said "I think it's a very tragic situation. We've got a mother, a woman, that is no longer with us, and a 16 year old kid who's scared out of his mind right now."

Right now, Marcos Diego is being held on no bond.

He is scheduled in court again this Thursday with representation by his new attorney.

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