Suspect’s vehicle plows into day laborers
SPARKS (AP) – A kidnapping suspect’s speeding pickup truck plowed into a crowd of immigrant day laborers Saturday in Sparks, killing one and injuring two others, police said.
The morning accident occurred shortly after the suspect was accused of abducting his former girlfriend from the nearby Reno Hilton where she works, police Sgt. Pat Dyer said.
The fleeing suspect was unable to make a turn at an intersection near the state’s mental facility, and his vehicle struck three men waiting on a sidewalk for job offers.
A 26-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other men were taken to Washoe Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Their names were not immediately released.
“We believe the deceased victim may have had two brothers in line,” Dyer said. “We believe they witnessed their brother’s death.”
The suspect fled on foot and was still at large Saturday evening. He was described as a 35-year-old Reno man, but his name was not released.
His former girlfriend also escaped with minor injuries.
Between 20 and 40 day laborers typically stand on the sidewalk along Galletti Way, waiting for builders, homeowners or others to drive by with job offers, Dyer said.
Police have received increasing citizen complaints about day laborers who gather along the street, Dyer said.
Some witnesses refused to cooperate and others could not be questioned until Spanish language interpreters were brought in, he added.
One of the injured men was expected to be admitted to the hospital with a head injury. The other man suffered bruises and cuts.
The suspect was accused of battering his former girlfriend after kidnapping her from the Hilton’s employee parking lot.
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