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Pueblo police looking for suspects who stole golf cart and rammed into crowd at Chile Fest

Family asks for witnesses to come forward
Posted at 6:09 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 00:11:31-04

PUEBLO — The family struck by two men in a stolen golf cart at the Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival over the weekend is speaking about the scary moments leading up the crash.

At least five people were hit, and now the Nuanes family is asking for the public's help in reporting any information they have about the case to the Pueblo Police Department.

"Everything was so surreal," Fred Nuanes said. "Everything just happened so fast."

Fred Nuanes' family was enjoying a fun Saturday afternoon at the Chile Fest when two men in a stolen golf cart went on a joyride and plowed through a crowd of people at a high rate of speed.

"I started yelling at people to get out of the way," Fred said. "I'm yelling 'Hit the brakes! Hit the brakes!' At this point, the cart hit my niece and ran over her like a speed bump, it hit a few other people and went up the back of my brother-in-law's leg."

Nuanes says the golf cart also seriously injured his elderly mother.

"My mom was already on the ground bleeding and in a lot of pain there," he said. "She was on her walker and on oxygen when she got hit from behind."

News 5 spoke with Fred's mother, Mela, who is now recovering on the couch. She may eventually need surgery.

"My hearing aid fell out and he hit me hard," Mela said. "I got a broken shoulder. I got all scraped around my stomach. I got a bunch of scrapes on my knees."

Fred claims after the golf cart knocked his mother over, one of the men in the cart said they were just fooling around.

"The man in the passenger seat still had his foot on the gas pedal said it was a joke," Fred said. "What kind of prank is this? You just ran over my 75-year-old mother here. What kind of joke is that?"

Pueblo police aren't laughing and neither is the Nuanes family.

"So many people could've gotten hit," Mela said.

A spokesperson for the Pueblo Police Department confirms they have an active, open investigation. However, no arrests have been made yet.

The two men int he stolen golf cart ran away and are described as grown adults, not teenagers.

If you witnessed this incident, Pueblo police would like to hear from you. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 719-542-7867.