KALAMAZOO, MI — A man who was fleeing from police last month after a crash that killed two people is in custody, Kalamazoo Public Safety officers said.
Officers were called to the 1500 block of Washington Avenue on a report of a man in a gray truck armed with a gun.
Officers said the man refused to stop and sped away. Less than a minute later, officers in a fully marked police vehicle attempted to stop the suspect on Portage Street, near Stockbridge Avenue.
The man refused to stop and fled northbound on Portage Street at a high rate of speed. Officers discontinued their attempts to stop the vehicle by deactivating their emergency lights and slowing their speed a block later at Portage Street and Washington Avenue.
Officers said after traveling approximately a half-mile on Portage Street, the suspect collided with a vehicle that was making a left turn from southbound Portage Street onto eastbound Crosstown Parkway.
The the two occupants were trapped inside the vehicle as a result of the crash. The suspect immediately fled from the vehicle, but was quickly arrested by responding officers.
Officers extricated the occupants of the vehicle. Despite lifesaving attempts, both occupants died from their injuries. The victims were identified as 62-year-old Mary Muniz and 66-year- old Juan Muniz, both from Kalamazoo. KDPS offers condolences to their family.
The suspect, a 56-year-old Kalamazoo resident, was arrested on charges that include fleeing and eluding causing death, operating while intoxicated causing death, leaving the scene of an accident and resisting and obstructing arrest.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone who might have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343- 2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.
Un hombre que huía de la policía el mes pasado después de un accidente que mató a dos personas se encuentra bajo custodia, dijeron los agentes de seguridad pública de Kalamazoo. Las víctimas fueron identificadas como Mary Muniz, de 62 años, y Juan Muniz, de 66, ambos de Kalamazoo.
El caso sigue bajo investigación. Se solicita a cualquier persona que pueda tener información sobre esta investigación que llame a Kalamazoo Public Safety al 337-8994 o Silent Observer al 343-2100 o visite www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.