A July 4 collision on Papago Road that injured two children is being blamed on a driver who was in the country illegally.
A woman with two children was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravado west on Papago near the intersection of Amarillo Valley Road around 2 p.m. Saturday when it collided with an eastbound 2003 Ford Explorer driven by Manuel Perez-Vasquez.
Perez-Vasquez reportedly fled the scene with at least one passenger from the Explorer but later returned.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said Perez-Vasquez had been deported to Mexico six times since May 5, 2012.
A 5-year-old boy in the Oldsmobile received a significant laceration to the head, according to PCSO. He was transported to a hospital by air ambulance, and an injured 2-year-old girl was transported by ambulance.
Detectives from the PCSO Vehicular Crimes Unit determined Perez-Vasquez traveled left of center, causing the collision. Perez-Vasquez allegedly showed signs of drug impairment and was placed under arrest on suspicion of driving while impaired by drugs and leaving the scene of an injury collision, a felony. He allegedly confessed to smoking marijuana before the collision.
“He refused to give a blood sample when arrested because he knew he had drugs in his system,” Babeu said. “Detectives had to get a search warrant from a judge to obtain the blood sample.”
According to PCSO, Perez-Vasquez refused to tell deputies where he lived and said he didn’t know the name of the person who owned the vehicle he was driving, nor did he know the name of the person who was in the vehicle with him.
One witness stated there may have been two to five individuals who ran from the Ford Explorer. http://www.inmaricopa.com/Article/2015/07/06/2-children-injured-in-papago-crash#.VZshqDwChl8.facebook