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The Latest: Police make 2nd arrest in pedestrian case

May 24, 2019

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico woman being run over (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

Authorities in northwestern New Mexico have made a second arrest in the case of a pedestrian who was repeatedly run over by a man who police say was fleeing after stealing from a dollar store.

Bloomfield police arrested 40-year-old Antoinette Gutierrez on Friday. She’s being held on a felony charge of accessory to knowingly leaving the scene of an accident.

Detectives accused Gutierrez of instructing Eddie Hernandez to leave the scene and assisted him by getting into the driver’s seat of the vehicle. She then told witnesses and the responding officers that she was the driver who struck the elderly woman.

Hernandez is facing five felony counts, including leaving the scene of an accident and causing great bodily harm by vehicle.

A witness told police that her grandmother was walking to her car Tuesday when an SUV hit her, and then it drove back and forth over her.

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10 a.m.

A California man is accused of running over a woman after police say he was caught shoplifting in northwestern New Mexico.

The Farmington Daily Times reports 34-year-old Eddie Hernandez has been charged with five felony counts, including leaving the scene of an accident knowingly and causing great bodily harm by vehicle.

Bloomfield police say Hernandez of Visalia tried to flee Tuesday in his SUV after employees saw him steal from a dollar store.

A witness told police that her grandmother was walking to her car when the SUV hit her, and then it drove back and forth over her.

Court documents say the woman suffered a brain bleed and a fractured collarbone and pelvis.

Defense attorney Sarah Field did not immediately return a call for comment on behalf of Hernandez.

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Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

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