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Woman accused in fatal hit-and-run arrested by immigration authorities

Man And Baby Hit By Vehicle

Steve Marcus

An investigator takes measurements at the accident scene after a man and a baby were hit by a car on South Rainbow Boulevard near Warm Springs Road Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.

Updated Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 | 4:05 p.m.

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Galina Kilova is shown in a 2007 booking photo when she was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a valid license.

Man and Baby Hit By Vehicle

Metro Police officers confer near the area where a man and a baby were hit by a car on South Rainbow Boulevard near Warm Springs Road Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Launch slideshow »

A woman accused in a hit-and-run crash that killed a man pushing a baby stroller last month was taken into U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody Tuesday, officials said.

Galina Stoyanova Kilova, 29, was booked Tuesday night at the Henderson Detention Center, a week after she posted $20,000 bail and was released from the Clark County Detention Center, jail and ICE records show.

Immigration officials had asked local authorities to notify ICE prior to Kilova’s release from the Clark County jail so they could take custody, ICE said in a statement.

Despite the request, Kilova posted bail and was released, officials said.

“Given the public safety implications, ICE sought out and detained Ms. Kilova Dec. 9, and she remains in ICE custody at this time, pending a hearing before an immigration judge,” officials said.

Records show Kilova entered the country in 2006 on a nonimmigrant visa, which permitted her to stay in the country for six months, the statement said.

She was born in Bulgaria, according to ICE records.

Kilova is accused of striking 63-year-old grandfather Michael Grubbs on Nov. 24 as he pushed his 1-year-old granddaughter in a stroller along the shoulder of South Rainbow Boulevard near Warm Springs Road.

She turned herself in to Metro Police more than a week after the accident.

Police said a gray Honda Civic hit the man and baby from behind as the driver attempted to pass other vehicles.

The child suffered minor injuries, and the man was pronounced dead at University Medical Center, police said.

Officials received an anonymous tip that Kilova was involved, and during an interview, she admitted to being at the intersection during the crash, according to an arrest report.

Metro said Kilova had a previous arrest in December 2007 on charges of driving without a valid license, failure to use due care and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Kilova’s attorney, Herb Sachs, has insisted he and his client will fight any charges.

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