HERMISTON, Oregon—Police arrested a 29-year-old Washington man who they said killed a 7-year-old girl and critically injured her mother Wednesday night in a hit-and-run.
Police sergeants said Leslie Roquez, 29, stopped her Kia Soul at an intersection on Highway 395 with Punkin Center Road. A Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Jesus Moras Nava, 29, struck Roquez’s vehicle from behind.
Police said Moras Nava fled from the scene on foot and an officer later found him hiding nearby.
Roquez’s daughter, Teleeya Roquez, 7, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said she was properly seated in a booster seat in the middle-backseat of the car and wearing a seatbelt.
Roquez suffered critically injuries and was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center. Crews then airlifted her to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.
Moras Nava was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
Oregon State Police booked Moras Nava into Umatilla County Jail on initial charges for Second Degree Manslaughter, Felony Hit & Run, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Second Degree Assault.
Police said both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
Oregon State Police troopers from Hermiston and Pendleton took over the investigation with help from the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office. Investigators considered alcohol as a contributing factor.