Suspect in West Glenwood hit and run arrested in Nebraska
September 8, 2017
Authorities in Imperial, Nebraska, have arrested the 30-year-old hit-and-run suspect from a head-on crash in West Glenwood in late July.
Louis Quezada-Cruz was wanted on felony charges of vehicular assault and accident involving injuries, as well as misdemeanors for reckless driving, no insurance and driving with a canceled license.
Two young people visiting from North Carolina were seriously injured in a crash that Police Chief Terry Wilson called one of the worst he's seen in the city. The wreck on U.S. 6 involved a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado, believed to be driven by Quezada-Cruz, and a 2016 Hyundai Elantra. The injured couple in the Hyundai later reported that the truck came into their lane and struck their vehicle head-on.
Emergency responders found blood in both vehicles, along with lots of debris in the road and empty beer cans. Video surveillance shows a man running from the scene after the wreck, according to police.
Investigators also learned that neighbors in Robin Hood Mobile Home Park on U.S. 6 were reporting a truck revving up its engine, "peeling out and driving erratically" immediately before the crash. Several neighbors reported that it was Quezada-Cruz, and officers found the truck tires had most of the rubber spun off.
Officers discovered that Quezada-Cruz had been "deported numerous times for various other crimes committed including driving under the influence of alcohol," according to an arrest warrant.
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Investigators were surprised to find that he'd gone to far southwestern Nebraska, suspecting that he would have rather gone to New Mexico or Mexico, said the police chief.