A crash that occurred on Riverside Drive after midnight on Sunday, Feb. 3, resulted in the brief search for and capture of the male driver and the airlift of the female passenger to Vanderbilt, according to a police report issued by Clarksville police.
The press release stated the police clocked a silver Dodge pickup at over 90 mph. The driver, identified as Daniel Cruz, was committing the run half of a hit and run which involved two other vehicles.
Before police could make an attempt to stop the vehicle Cruz lost control and crashed into the retaining wall at the intersection of Crossland Avenue and Riverside Drive. Cruz then fled the scene leaving his injured passenger. He was apprehended a short time later with the aid of a helpful citizen and taken into custody.
Cruz’s 23 year old female passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and after being transported to Gateway was airlifted by Lifeflight to Vanderbilt due to possible internal injuries.
Cruz was booked into Montgomery County Jail and charged with: DUI, evading, evading arrest in a vehicle, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, vehicular assault, failure to exercise due car and reckless driving. His bond was set at $34,500.