By Jamie Leary

DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver Sheriff’s Department admitted Monday, it made a mistake when it let an undocumented immigrant, accused of causing a deadly crash, post bond before notifying Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

“Our staff should have sent a notification to ICE saying the individual is in the process of being released. For some reason that was not done,” said Denver County Sheriff Patrick Firman. “We process about 15 to 17 of those a month. This is the first time that I’m aware the notification has been made after the individual was released.”

The man arrested in the deadly hit-and-run that shut down Interstate 70 was formally charged last week. Ivan Zamarripa-Castaneda is also wanted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for being in the country illegally. He was released from custody on $25,000 bond at 5:28 p.m. Saturday.

The man who was driving a semi truck when he killed in a hit-and-run crash last week has been identified as John Anderson of Lone Tree.

John Anderson (credit: Facebook)

“I’m so angry at this it’s… this bright shining light was put out by a drunk illegal immigrant who was allowed to post bond and leave,” said Sonja Dahlbacka, a close friend who grew up with Anderson in Eureka, California.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement was notified of Zamarripa-Castaneda’s release more than an hour after he bonded out, at 6:33 p.m. According to the Denver Sheriffs Department, “This is unacceptable and the sheriff has ordered an immediate internal review to determine why established notification processes did not take place before Zamarripa-Castaneda was released.”

Ivan Zamarripa-Castaneda (credit: Denver Police Dept.)

Police in Denver arrested Zamarripa-Castaneda, 26, after he left the scene of the crash between a pickup truck and a semi truck. The Denver Sheriff’s Department says it was just after 1 a.m. Monday when they received a request for notification from I-C-E. The cause and manner of Anderson’s death have not been released pending investigation.

“We verified that we did in fact have the notification on file. We know that was there and that’s what kind of makes this even more baffling. We have this process in place that’s worked for every other notification for release so that’s what we need to figure out through this investigation is what happened,” said Firman.

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Zamarripa-Castaneda has been formally charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

“This is about keeping our community safe and so we need to make sure that we’re playing the part that we need to in that,” said Firman.

The City of Denver does recognize requests for notification as well as criminal warrants from ICE, but it does not recognize detainers which ICE also requested in Zamarripa-Castaneda’s case.

“It basically requests that we hold an individual past their release date up to 48-hours and allow ICE to come and pick them up. We have been told that that’s illegal, that it’s a violation of their 4th amendment rights and so we have not honored those since about 2013,” said Firman.

All lanes of the interstate were closed after the crash for more than 12 hours.

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Officer Marika Putnam of the Denver Police Department said a semi pulling a refrigeration trailer collided with another vehicle, a pickup driven by Castaneda, that was merging on to the highway.

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The vehicles collided and struck a jersey barrier. The semi’s cab and trailer both caught fire.

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Zamarripa-Castaneda was arrested at his home in the 2600 block of West Bayaud early the next morning.

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“We are all so angry. He didn’t deserve this,” said Dahlbacka. “We didn’t deserve this. Denver didn’t deserve this. It feels like the government has turned their back on us.”

Jamie Leary joined the CBS4 team in 2015 and currently works as a reporter for CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. She couldn’t imagine a better place to live and work and will stop at nothing to find the next great story. Jamie loves learning about and hearing from her fellow community members, so connect with her on Facebook or Twitter @JamieALeary.

Comments (23)
  1. Chris Namelast says:

    Kill politicians and people who vote for sanctuary city

  2. This story needs to stay in the forefront until someone is held accountable for this travesty of justice. And our politicians claim Denver is not a Sanctuary City. If it walks like a Duck, if it quacks like a Duck, if it looks like a Duck, IT MUST BE A DUCK. Colorado has become “California East”

  3. Mike Kruczaj says:

    I’m a retired police officer. So, I have a little more knowledge than the average person in Law Enforcement activities. What has happened with the murder of this man and the illegal which committed the murder is a travesty.
    The fault of the release of the illegal rests with TWO people. The first guilty person is the BAIL INTERVIEWER. The person who conducted the Bail Interview should be FIRED! Bail is supposed to be imposed to make certain that the suspect will show up for Court and not to be used as punishment. On top of that the suspect MUST have connections to the Community. An Illegal alien has NO CONNECTIONS with the community. An illegal alien is just that, an illegal which does not belong in this Country!
    The second guilty person was the Judge which held the Bail hearing. The Judge does not have tp follow the recommendations of the Bail Interviewer. The Judge failed to fulfill his OBLIGATIONS and now WHAT incentive is there for this illegal to show up for Court who if found guilty will serve time in jail?
    Shame on the people who killed this man all over again and drove a nail into the hearts of his loved ones!

  4. How many years ago was it that a little boy and his grandfather were having ice cream and they were killed when another illegal smashed through the window? This one had been convicted several times for drunk driving and deported yet somehow returned. Thought that was a wake up call that these people do not belong in Colorado or this country. It has nothing to do with RACE instead RIGHT and WRONG! I was born and raised in Colorado but this is not the same place. How sad that such a beautiful place has become what it is today. There have always been Hispanics in Colorado and many are hard workers and good citizens. But when did our so called LEADERS???? deem it their duty to protect illegal immigrants? Yes SMFH as well.

  5. Sadly the liberals of this State and city think more of their drugs and illegals than their tax apying citizens. Really damn sad when you are endangered in your own home State by criminal illegals who are allowed to roam free just to satisfy the ego of the liberals. If it was my family memeber killed by an illegal anyone involved in setting him free would suffer a fate worse than death and very slowly.

  6. Not to worry, I ran him over yesterday. Like 20 times.

  7. Peter Joseph says:

    It is all political. The cops will do what the politicians tell them to do. The Democrats need an invasion of dependents to hold power. If a few gringos needlessly die while they cater to their base, so be it.
    Until the big shots start feeling the pain they are causing, they will stay safe within their gated communities. Third world, here we come.

  8. Paul Lyons says:

    The family of the driver who was killed by the illegal alien needs to SUE the Democrat Party and any “sanctuary cities” in Colorado! DO IT !!!!!!!!

  9. Pete Lanteri says:

    And these same leftists will be voted into office next election. SMFH

  10. Zak Watson says:

    Anti-racists say there is a RACE problem that can only be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and “assimilates.”

    What if I said there was a RACE problem that could only be solved if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country? How long before people realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem, but the conclusion to the BLACK problem?

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  11. All deaths committed by illegals are a result of Democrats belief in empowering illegal killers.

  12. Glad we finally have a President who will stand up to this invasion. Here’s Mr Anderson’s obituary:

  13. Russ Johnson says:

    So he left the scene of the carnage that he caused and you are going to let him out on bail and just trust that he will show up for court? Genius!

    1. God bless America. The best banana republic on earth.

  14. Dreamers – committing the hit and runs American’s won’t.

  15. Give him a fast trial followed by a first class hanging.

    1. Samuel Green says:

      Easier said than done, since Denver refused to hold him for ICE, he paid the $25k bond and he made a bee-line to the border.

      Thoughts and prayers to the truck drivers family. Years back a Hispanic impaired driver lost control of her vehicle and came barreling into a parking lot, running me over with my bones all over the concrete and asphalt, this put me in a military hospital for 1.5 years and over 100 operations. Had I not been in such good physical shape I’d have been killed. I was with my good friends wife at the time getting A LOT of alcohol for a party.
      My body took the brunt of the impact and good friends wife that I was with only got whiplash type of trauma.

      Every alcohol bottle shattered and the police were first convinced that it was my fault due to all the alcohol everywhere. When they got to the hospital to draw blood, they were shell shocked I didnt have any alcohol or drugs in my system. I don’t drink and was the designated driver at this party. When they pieced together all the witness statements, they came to realize I was at fault 0% But do to a technicality, they never tested her for alcohol or drugs. It was ridiculous.

      I did however walk out of that hospital on my own power, but it wasn’t easy. No idea if she was an illegal.

      No sorry, and she paid a $67 fine. My military flying career was ka-poot, but luckily, I didn’t end up like this poor trucker. :(

  16. ILLEGAL alien crime is 100% preventable.

  17. The Sheriff doesn’t need an internal review.
    The Sheriff is a sanctuary state leftist and let the illegal alien killer walk.

  18. Fasdf Fasdf says:

    “The man who was driving a semi truck when he killed in a hit-and-run crash last week”…. oi vey… confusion in the 1st sentence. what a moronic website… SEE BS.

    1. tomkay1012 says:

      I learned a long time ago. The fake media intentionally uses confusing sentence forms to hide the facts especially when, such as in this case, the story contradicts the leftist narrative; open borders good, wall bad.

  19. Americans need a sanctuary city. We need sanctuary from the Left.

  20. Bob Johnson says:

    Fine, upstanding future American. It’s all about choices.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I submit to you the wisdom of Denver, Colorado’s leadership a Sanctuary City.

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