Bizarre Accident Raises Questions About Car Wash Employee

Two hospitalized after accident

By John Schriffen
|  Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010  |  Updated 6:23 AM EDT
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A car wash employee allegedly hit two co-workers in a customer's car and ran away.

A car wash employee allegedly hit two co-workers in a customer's car and ran away.

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A bizarre accident at the Sonic Soft Carwash in Woodbridge, Va., revealed surprising details about one of the employees. 

At about 8:15 a.m. Sunday, 19-year-old Miguel Aguirre-Casoverde lost control of a customer's Jeep SUV and plowed into a parked car, police said. Two other employees, a 20-year-old man and a 48-year old woman who were toweling off the parked car, also were struck and had to be taken to an area hospital.
 
After the accident, Aguirre-Casoverde got scared and took off on foot, police said. When he returned less than an hour later, he was arrested and charged with hit-and-run and reckless driving.
 
“Through our investigative procedures at the jail, standard procedures at the jail when anyone is arrested, it was determined that the driver is here illegally, and ICE has been notified,” said Prince William County Police Officer Jonathan Perok.
 
On top of being here illegally, police determined that Aguirre-Casoverde does not have a drivers license. 
 
Now customers like Chris Rhoades are second guessing letting just anyone handle his car.
 
“A little bit yeah," he said. "I might start washing my own car. I would definitely save a little bit of money."
 
“That kind of scares me because you know you pay a lot for your car and you would at least want them to be able to drive or go through the legal motions of having a drivers license,” said another customer.
 
But in Prince William County, a driver’s license is not required to operate a vehicle on private property.
 
The general manager of the car wash said when he took over the business last year, he checked all the employees' paperwork. He said Aguirre-Casoverde provided him with what appeared to be a legitimate Social Security number and driver's license.
 
Both victims are expected to make a full recovery.

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