Man accused of hitting two children at NC bus stop was wanted on deportation warrant

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Marcos Santiaga Bautista, 27, of Sims

WILSON COUNTY, N.C. — Authorities said a man accused of hitting two children at a North Carolina bus stop with an SUV and then fleeing the scene was a fugitive with an outstanding deportation warrant.

WNCN-TV reported that Marcos Santiaga Bautista, 27, of Mexico, became a fugitive after failing to attend a non-detention immigration hearing in South Carolina in 2010.

The suspect was ordered deported “in absentia.” At the time, officials said he was facing a driving without a license charge.

Bautista is now accused of hitting two young children, ages 5 and 10, trying to get on their school bus with an SUV and then fleeing the scene.

The alleged hit-and-run crash happened around 7 a.m. Thursday morning in Wilson County, according to authorities.

German Arroyo-Correa, 10, and Areli Arroyo-Correa, 5, reportedly suffered broken bones and were hospitalized in serious condition. Neighbors said they are a brother and sister.

Wilson County deputies found the SUV about a mile away behind a tobacco farm and arrested the suspect, according to WRAL-TV. He allegedly did not stop.

The suspect is charged with felony hit and run, felony passing a stopped school bus, having no driver’s license, no vehicle registration and having a fake tag.

His bond was raised from $30,000 to $1 million.

Read more: WNCN-TV and WRAL-TV