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Pueblo police arrest suspect in hit-and-run crash that left man with serious injuries

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Posted at 6:54 AM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 15:55:37-04

PUEBLO — Pueblo police tweeted that officers have arrested a woman in connection to a hit-and-run crash that left a 71-year-old man with serious injuries last week.

Police arrested 31-year-old Jessica Hunyadi Wednesday night at a home on the south side of the city. She was booked on charges of failure to remain at the scene after an accident involving serious bodily injury, failed to notify the police of an accident and careless driving resulting in serious bodily injury.

She was also wanted on pre-existing warrants prior to her arrest.

The crash happened last Thursday night at the intersection of Mesa Road and Evans Avenue, causing Gary Amendola's Jeep to roll over into the entrance of the Tacontento restaurant. His daughter, Deana Lucero, told News5 her dad suffered several broken ribs and broken vertebrae.

An emergency room nurse, Deana said the sight of her father's injuries was shocking. She reached out to the news media in hopes of bringing the driver responsible to justice.

Tacontento is closed due to the damage to its only entrance. The broken glass doors and windows are boarded up and a note tells customers it could take a few months to reopen after all of the damage.

Ordinarily, this type of serious injury hit-and-run crash would have triggered a Medina Alert, an alert that functions like an Amber Alert for hit and run crashes. Police Captain Kenny Rider explained they did not request public assistance through Medina Alert in this crash because of a lack of suspect information.