Repeat offender sought in W. Glenwood hit and run that seriously hurt two
Glenwood police are looking for for 30-year-old Louis Alberto Quezada-Cruz, who they suspect is the hit-and-run driver from Sunday night’s head-on collision in West Glenwood.
Two people were seriously injured in the crash.
He is wanted on felony charges of vehicular assault and accident involving injuries. His arrest warrant also lists misdemeanors for reckless driving, no insurance and driving with a canceled license.
Running Quezada-Cruz’s criminal history, officers found that he has been “deported numerous times for various other crimes committed including driving under the influence of alcohol,” according to the arrest report.
At 9:34 p.m. Sunday, emergency responders rushed to the head-on wreck on U.S. 6 in front of Big Horn Toyota. A silver 1999 Chevrolet Silverado truck had struck a blue 2016 Hyundai Elantra and rolled, creating a large fireball, according to an arrest warrant.
Responders found blood in both vehicles. A large amount of debris was in the roadway, including empty beer cans.
But officers could not find the Silverado driver.
The dealership’s video surveillance shows the wreck and a man running from the scene soon after, according to police.
The male and female in the Hyundai were taken to Valley View Hospital with multiple fractures and contusions.
The man underwent surgery at Valley View and the woman had multiple CT scans. The woman was then flown to Denver for treatment on a fracture that Valley View couldn’t treat. The male’s jaw was seriously injured and had to be wired shut.
The two were visiting from North Carolina, and they were driving to Amy’s Acres RV park when the truck came into their lane and struck the Hyundai head-on, according to an affidavit.
Just a couple minutes before the crash, a woman at Robin Hood Mobile Home Park on U.S. 6 called dispatch about a truck revving up its engine and blowing smoke toward her house, according to the warrant.
With a search warrant in hand, officers took blood samples from the impounded truck. In the truck, officers also found a cell phone and a Coors beer can.
Officers later canvassed the mobile home park and talked to neighbors who reported hearing a vehicle “peeling out and driving erratically,” but they did not know who was driving, according to police. The vehicle is registered under a couple of names. One of these people told police that he’s never owned a Chevrolet Silverado.
Another Robin Hood tenant later reported seeing Quezada-Cruz drive away in a truck the night of the accident. Two neighbors who live across from Quezada-Cruz reported seeing him “spinning his wheels in the parking lot and creating a bunch of smoke.”
The wreck occurred only about two-tenths of a mile away from the mobile home park.
“At the trailer park, I noted a huge burnout area where the truck had spun the majority of rubber off the tires of the truck,” an officer wrote in his report. Officers then noted that the rubber on the impounded Silverado’s tires was nearly gone.
Later, a woman called police on Tuesday asking if her uncle, “Luis Quezada,” was either arrested or in the hospital. She told officers that he had been in a wreck Sunday night but that they could not find him and hadn’t heard from him. She had heard this from neighbors at the mobile home park.
A search of Quezada-Cruz’s criminal history in Colorado via the Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows a DUI arrest in 2010 and a misdemeanor illegal weapons possession case in 2013. Both of those incidents occurred in Glenwood Springs.
Police Chief Terry Wilson said he couldn’t quantify Quezada-Cruz’s deportations beyond “multiple,” and an email to Immigration and Custom Enforcement public information in Denver did not get an immediate response.
The couple in the Hyundai Elantra have set up a GoFundMe page to help defray medical expenses. Wilson mentioned that the couple will likely need help since Quezada-Cruz had no insurance. The fundraising page can be found here.
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