Sunday, June 3, 2007


Published: 05.23.2007
Man who crashed SUV into home identified
Tucson Citizen

A man who bailed out of a moving SUV, leaving it to crash into a Tucson home, has been identified as a Mexican citizen from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, a Pima County sheriff's spokeswoman said.
Hugo A. Estrada, 30, was booked into jail May 15 as "John Doe," Deputy Dawn Barkman said. Charges against him include aggravated assault, endangerment and fleeing from a law enforcement officer. Jail corrections officers were credited in determining Estrada's identity and his residency in the border city just south of El Paso, Texas.
Barkman said Estrada was in the United States illegally. A corrections officer said Estrada is being held without bail, noting an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold order on him.
Barkman said after the crash that the Chevrolet Suburban Estrada drove had been stolen, but detectives have been unable to confirm who owns it. The plates on the SUV belonged to another vehicle, and the vehicle identification number could not be traced in a state database.
A deputy saw the Suburban go through a stop sign at West Avra Valley and North Trico roads about 3:30 a.m., Barkman said.
When he turned on the emergency lights and siren for a traffic stop, the driver fled, she said.
About six miles away, at West Manville Road near North Coues Deer Lane, the SUV slowed to 5 to 10 mph, and the driver jumped out and ran. The deputy caught him on foot, Barkman said.
The Suburban crashed through a bedroom wall of a home on Coues Deer in which a couple and their 2-year-old daughter were asleep.
The SUV hit a bed, knocking the man and woman to the floor, but no one in the home was injured. The family was not identified.

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