In the court of public opinion, many politicians and pundits had already tried and convicted Francis M. Hernandez, the man accused of killing three people, including a child, in a terrible crash at an ice cream shop on South Havana Street and East Mississippi Avenue. With the media fanning the flames, Hernandez's citizenship status as undocumented immigrant without a driver's license was a hot topic before his trial began yesterday. But the issue of his immigration status did not come up in the prosecution's opening arguments, which covered vehicular homicide among a list of other serious crimes, according to 9News , an apparent indication that prosecutors don't think Hernandez's country of origin will help lead to his conviction. Hernandez's defense has attempted to blame another driver who was under the influence of a "dangerously high amount" of methamphetamines for the accident, writes The Denver Post . But prosecutors argue that Hernandez's Chevrolet Suburban's airbag system shows the vehicle traveling around 80 mph just seconds before the crash, reports the Aurora Sentinel . Moreover, prosecutors say there is no doubt Hernandez was driving: His DNA was found in blood on the driver's-side airbag, and witnesses say they saw him flee the scene. The case has prompted calls for stricter immigration law in the state after Hernandez avoided deportation despite a dozen prior arrests in Colorado. Authorities say he used aliases and a false date of birth to slip under the radar of immigration officials (via The Associated Press ).