Man dies in two vehicle hit-and-run crash

By: STAFF Email
By: STAFF Email

February 23, 2008

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.---North Augusta Public Safety is looking for whoever was driving a pickup truck that swerved into an SUV, causing an accident that killed a man and left another in critical condition.

It happened around 3 o'clock this morning. 24-year-old Gregorio Cruz was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Atomic Road.

Aiken County coroner Tim Carlton tells News 12 a 2004 Ford Expedition was traveling north when it was sideswiped by a 1992 Ford F150 pickup truck traveling south. The light brown truck served into the northbound lane, hitting the SUV and causing it to leave the road.

When the Expedition hit the guard rail, Cruz and another occupant were ejected. Due to the ejection, it's unclear which one of the men was driving.

The Expedition kept going and fell down a 40 foot ravine.

Carlton says the pickup truck's occupant(s) tried to drive away, but the truck was damaged too much to go on, so they abandoned it 3/4 of a mile down the road.

North Augusta Public Safety and the coroner's office are looking for the occupant(s) of the truck. If you know anything, call the police.

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  • by Michelle on Feb 25, 2008 at 10:04 AM
    I didn't read where the one that left the scene was an illegal
  • by marl Location: north augusta on Feb 24, 2008 at 08:21 AM
    just because they left the scene doesn't necessary have to be an illegal i know a lot of US citizens that drive without license and registration
  • by David Location: North Augusta on Feb 23, 2008 at 04:28 PM
    Just because someone owns a vehicle does not mean they were driving it at the time. Ownership of a vehicle that was used in the commission of a crime does not constitute probable cause for an arrest warrant. The police have to have some sort of proof to show who the specific person was who was driving it before they can apply for an arrest warrant. I'm sure the police know who the owner is; if no paperwork, they can always use the VIN. But that doesn't mean they can just rush right out and arrest someone.
  • by gary Location: beechisland on Feb 23, 2008 at 04:03 PM
    if it was a illegal you bet on one thing for sure our gov will do its best to say he or she did not know better we need to give more gov aid
  • by Sarah Location: Raleigh on Feb 23, 2008 at 11:54 AM
    So, the police have the truck, which presumably has a license plate, registration, etc. But they don't know who the owner of the truck is. Why ? Perhaps because the owner is an illegal with falsified paper. Anybody have a better guess ?
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