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One Dead After Man Drives Car Into Crowd

October 10, 2005

ELMWOOD PLACE, Ohio (AP) _ Police were searching Monday for a man who allegedly drove his car into a crowd of people on a sidewalk, killing one and injuring five, after getting into a fight about a soccer match.

Rey Serrano, 19, of Elmwood Place, drove his Lincoln Town Car into the crowd Sunday, striking six men and hitting a utility pole before running away, police said.

Authorities in the Cincinnati suburb said Serrano may have run down the men in retaliation for a confrontation about a soccer match between Mexico and Guatemala. Mexico won 5-2 in Saturday night’s World Cup qualifying game.

``We were told that there was some type of dispute over the match,″ said Steve Barnett, a spokesman with the Hamilton County sheriff’s office.

Serrano, who also goes by the names of Ilario Vasquez and Angel, was charged with one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder. Barnett said he knew the men in the crowd, but their relationships were unclear.

Police said Federico Morales Perez, 19, of Cincinnati, was killed. Two men remained hospitalized Monday, a University Hospital spokesman said. The others were treated and released, the sherriff’s department said.

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