A woman responsible for a traffic crash that killed a South Carolina firefighter faces several charges.

Neida Ortega, 34, was allegedly speeding and only had a Mexican driver’s license when she crashed a van into a Chevrolet Impala, sending the second car careening between two parked firetrucks in the eastbound lane of I-20 while firefighters battled a roadside brush fire.

Columbia-Richmond Firefighter Chance Zobel, 23, was killed and a second firefighter, Larry Irvin, was seriously injured.

Police said the firetrucks were parked with their lights flashing.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is investigating the possibility that Ortega is in the country illegally.

A funeral will be held for Zobel on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C.

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