UPDATE: Suspect arrested after fleeing crash that leaves teen paralyzed


Thanks to the rapid response of several concerned citizens, the driver of the white 2012 Chrysler involved in the accident on Saturday, which resulted in life threatening injuries to a local teen has been identified and arrested.

21-year-old Luis Alejandro Ruiz of Grand Island was arrested at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at his home following tips and information received from the public.

Ruiz was taken into custody for Leaving the Scene of an Injury Accident without Rendering Aid, a felony offense.

He was also booked in for Willful Reckless Driving. The possibility that he was under the influence at the time of the accident is still being investigated.

The Grand Island Police Department would like to thank our community for their assistance in this sad incident, as we continue to support the families of those injured.



Grand Island, Neb. (KLKN) – Saturday, roughly 6:30 a.m., three cars were involved in a collision, resulting in life-threatening injuries. A 13-year-old Grand Island girl who was a passenger in one of the vehicles is paralyzed from the chest down and still in critical condition.

The accident took place at the intersection of Anderson and Locust Streets in Grand Island.

The suspect driver fled the scene on foot. He is described as a Hispanic male in his 20’s, about 6 feet tall, with a thin build and dark hair, cut high and tight. He was driving a White 2012 Chrysler 300, license plate 8-B6353. He was likely injured in the course of the accident.

The Grand Island Police Department (GIPD) is looking for any information in regards to the driver of this vehicle, his current whereabouts, or his operation of the vehicle prior to the accident.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the GIPD at 308-385-5400 or Grand Island/Hall County Crime Stoppers at 308-381-8822.

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