Fugitive sought after Davenport hit-and-run crash that killed unborn baby

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Deputies in Polk County are looking for an illegal immigrant who may have been drunk when he caused a crash that left an unborn baby dead.

According to the sheriff’s office, it was back on February 9 when Bionel Cervin-Gomez caused a three-vehicle crash near Highway 17/92 and Shamrock Drive in Davenport. One of the crash victims was a 22-year-old woman who was eight months pregnant. She was not hurt, but her unborn baby boy died as a result of trauma from the crash.

Deputies say Cervin-Gomez left his newly-purchased pickup truck at the crash scene and fled on foot. He hasn’t been seen since.

According to investigators, Cervin-Gomez has no driver's license on file in any state, and they have since learned he is a previously deported immigrant who was returned to Mexico in 2000. The 48-year-old does not have any legal clearance to be in the United States.

Detectives say surveillance footage from a convenience store shows him buying a case of beer two hours before the crash, leading them to suspect he may have been driving while intoxicated.

"Not only is Mr. Cervin-Gomez here illegally, he caused a crash that ultimately took the life of an unborn child. He was operating a vehicle without a license and fled the scene -- both violations of the law. In light of his earlier purchase of alcohol, he was also very likely intoxicated at the time of the crash,” Sheriff Grady Judd noted in a release about the case. “We have been working hard to locate him and charge him for not stopping to render aid to the victims of the crash he caused.” 

Cervin-Gomez is wanted for leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury and operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license.