Vir­ginia man faces man­slaugh­ter charge in 1999 fa­tal ac­ci­dent

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Mid-Hud­son news Net­work

A 46-year-old Charlottesville, Va., man is in the Orange County Jail af­ter he was ar­rested at his res­i­dence and brought back to face charges of man­slaugh­ter and bail jump­ing in con­nec­tion with a ve­hic­u­lar fa­tal­ity in Novem­ber 1999 in the city of New­burgh.

Ben­jamin Car­rera al­legedly was driv­ing a ve­hi­cle while drunk, killing Felix Santiago, au­thor­i­ties said.

When Car­rera was ar­rested fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, he was re­leased on $20,000 bail, but never re­turned to court, au­thor­i­ties said.

In 2015, in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined that he had changed his name to Burista Ramos and had moved to west­ern Vir­ginia.

He had been ar­rested sev­eral times in Vir­ginia un­der his as­sumed name for al­co­hol, fraud and pub­lic or­der of­fenses, po­lice said.

Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the U.S. Mar­shals NY/NJ Re­gional Fugi­tive Task Force, the Orange County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and deputy mar­shals from the West­ern District of Vir­ginia, Car­rera was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent and re­turned to Goshen, where he awaits fur­ther court pro­ceed­ings, po­lice said.


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