Driver in weekend accident sought by sheriff’s department

CNJ Staff

The driver in a fatal vehicle accident Saturday north of Clovis was charged with vehicular homicide in a warrant issued Tuesday, according to a Curry County Sheriff’s Department press release.

Sheriff’s deputies have been unable to locate Miguel Angel Carrasquedo Hernandez since the accident.

Hernandez, 21, is being charged with homicide by vehicle, aggravated driving under the influence, reckless driving, no driver’s license and no insurance, according to the release.

Federico Martinez-Villarreal, 19, of Clovis was killed in a single-vehicle rollover just before 6 p.m. Saturday on Pleasant Hill Highway, about five miles north of Clovis.

He died from severe head and throat trauma, according to Deputy Glenn Russ of the sheriff’s department, who investigated the accident.

Hernandez and Yolanda Moreno, 19, of Clovis told the deputy the driver of the truck had fled the scene on foot following the accident.

Moreno later contacted the sheriff’s department and recanted her statement, claiming Hernandez had been the driver and there was no fourth person in the vehicle, according to the press release.

In an interview with the deputy, Moreno said she and Hernandez had left a gathering at Ned Houk Park where Hernandez had been drinking beer, according to the press release. She told Russ they picked up Martinez-Villarreal from work and were heading into town when the accident occurred.

She told the deputy she lied to protect Hernandez, the release said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hernandez is asked to contact the Curry County Sheriff’s Department at 769-2335.