MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- A Mobile County grand jury will hear the homicide by vehicle case involving a teenager living in the United States illegally.

On March 18, Sonya Jones was killed when her vehicle was struck by an SUV driven by 16-year-old Domingo Marcos Diego.

Marcos Diego appeared in court Monday, April 15, for a preliminary hearing.

"My singular purpose in this is that if Mr. Diego is guilty of that state offense then he should be held accountable for it," said Keith Blackwood, Assistant District Attorney.

An Alabama State Trooper testified that Marcos Diego was traveling westbound on Highway 98 when he crossed the center turn lane and collided head-on with Jones. The trooper said Marcos Diego tried to run away after the crash, but due to his injuries, he collapsed.

An attorney for Marcos Diego said his client did not cause the accident. The attorney said another vehicle on the highway struck Marcos Diego, and that he hit his brakes, slid, and went into the other lane of traffic.

"He did not have control of his vehicle after his vehicle made contact with the other vehicle, it was simply an accident," said Michael Kaoui, the defense attorney.

The Alabama State Trooper said there did not appear to be any evidence to support that claim.

After spending two days in the hospital, Marcos Diego was released and booked into Mobile County Metro Jail on homicide by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident charge.

The Mobile County District Attorney's Office said Marcos Diego is from Guatemala and has been living in the United States illegally. According to investigators, he was apprehended in Arizona in 2017 and was in the process of being deported back to Guatemala when he claimed asylum and was released.

Marcos Diego is being held in jail without bond in order to keep him in custody so he can be prosecuted in Mobile County.

"I still think a person's constitutional right to bond should not be set aside regardless of whether they think that he'll be deported or not," Kaoui said.

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