ICE: Undocumented immigrant suspected in hit-and-run deported

Juana Noemi Loa-Nunez

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A woman accused of a hit-and-run that left a preschool teacher injured has been deported.

After failing to show up to her court appearance, a warrant was issued for Juana Noemi Loa-Nunez’s arrest.

Court records show a jury trial scheduled for Wednesday was canceled.

Loa-Nunez was facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury and knowingly or intentionally operating a motor vehicle without a license in connection with the May 7 crash on the northeast side.

Jessica Parks, 27, was injured when witnesses say she was hit by a car back in May while crossing 38th Street to go to work at Fervent Prayer Church.

Immediately after the accident, witnesses say the car, driven by 36-year-old Juana Noemi Loa-Nunez, quickly left the scene. Good Samaritans chased her and were able to prevent her from escaping.

ICE released the following statement regarding Loa-Nunez’s deportation:

“On July 13, 2018, deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned Juana Noemi Loa-Nunez, 36, to Mexico after an immigration judge ordered her voluntary departure on July 6.”

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office told us the following:

“In July, we were informed by ICE that the defendant was in ICE custody and had agreed to voluntary removal.  We were further informed that she would be released from Federal custody within a couple weeks to be removed from the country. On July 9, our office filed a motion to revoke the defendant’s bond to prevent the defendant from being released from custody. The Court granted that motion and revoked the defendant’s bond on July 13.  We subsequently learned that she was returned to Mexico on that day.”