Official: Franco Francisco-Eduardo ordered to leave country

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A federal official has confirmed the driver charged in the four-car motor vehicle crash that killed the son of a Knoxville fire captain has been ordered to leave the country.

A regional official with the Executive Office for Immigration Review told WATE’s Blake Stevens that Franco Francisco-Eduardo, 44, was ordered to leave the country on Friday, March 15. 

Francisco-Eduardo was charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of Pierce Corcoran, son of Knoxville Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran. 

Prosecutors say Francisco-Eduardo is in the United States illegally.

General Sessions Court Judge Patricia Hall Long reinstated Francisco-Eduardo’s bond, after Judge Andrew Jackson VI revoked it, in an effort to keep him in Knox County for a preliminary hearing. 

Judge Jackson made the decision to revoke his bond because Francisco-Eduardo was taken into ICE custody after he made the first $3,500 bond. 

After granting Francisco-Eduardo bond on Friday, January 25, Judge Hall said for the record, “I am so sorry to the Corcoran family. It’s just every family’s nightmare, the random car wreck where your children don’t come home. It breaks my heart. As a judge, I have to make a bond determination according to the constitution, the Tennessee Constitution, the statutes. I’m reinstating his original bond. I do not believe he is a flight risk based on his 14 years here. One of the things the court struggles with every day with immigrants, here illegally or otherwise – is the inability for me to know their prior criminal history.” 

According to the investigation, a Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling north on Chapman Highway when it crossed into the southbound lanes of traffic striking a Honda Civic that was traveling south on Chapman Highway which resulted in a chain reaction crash.

The driver and passenger of the Honda Civic were transported to UT Medical Center where the driver later died. He was identified as 22-year-old Pierce Corcoran. The female passenger from the Civic was treated for what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries. Both were wearing seat belts. The drivers and passengers in two other vehicles that were involved were not injured. 

Bryan Cox, a spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Monday he couldn’t confirm when Eduardo would be deported for security reasons.

Eduardo has 30 days from the Immigration Judge’s Friday ruling to appeal. Cox said, generally, deportation can take days to weeks. He also said ICE works with the immigrant’s country, in this case, Mexico.

Wendy Corcoran found out Friday night. She said she was told by an ICE official the process would be swift. 

The Corcorans are relieved Eduardo was denied voluntary departure over ordered removal. Voluntary departure differs in that it gives the defendant the ability to leave on their own terms and on their own money.

It also could allow a person to return to the U.S., legally, in a more expedient fashion. Standard deportation could prohibit legal entry for years. 

Overall, they’re okay with the result but wanted a jury trial.

While the defendant in the Knox County case will likely be in Mexico during the next hearing, Wendy will still be watching for the grand jury’s decision on whether to send down an indictment on the criminally negligent homicide charge. 

“We’re still waiting on the grand jury to come back and tell us if they feel the case was warranted. Of course, we won’t have a defendant here, but just knowing it’s been reviewed by someone, we’ll have some peace about that,” Corcoran added. 

Wendy read part of what she had hoped to read aloud in court for Eduardo to hear:

“Mr. Cambrany, you have the opportunity to be reunited with your family, while we are forever separated from our son. For God’s sake, out of the respect for the men and women who fought and fight to make America such a desirable place to live, do the right thing and come here legally and become a responsible citizen.”

Wendy said it’s hard not having the opportunity to speak to Eduardo in immigration court or here in Knox County, and added, “I just hope and pray this has impacted him in some way. I don’t know his heart. We may never know that.” 

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