SOLON– A 16-year-old Cedar Rapids juvenile has been charged after causing an accident which injured members of a North Liberty family west of Solon July 20.
According to information released by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and the Iowa State Patrol, a black male juvenile stole a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe from a residence on Oak Road NE, rural Solon, and was driving southbound on Oak Road Friday, July 20, when he failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 382 near the entrance to lake Macbride State Park.
As the stolen vehicle entered the intersection and turned left onto Highway 382, it was struck by an oncoming 1998 Dodge Durango driven by Ivan Garcia of North Liberty. The westbound Durango collided with the Tahoe’s front driver’s side and both vehicles came to rest on the roadway. The juvenile ran from the scene after the collision, according to the accident report.
Garcia and three passengers in his vehicle were injured. Luis Cautino and Ivonne DeJesus, seated in the back seat, sustained incapacitating injuries. Garcia and Jovanna Rosales, in the front seat, experienced possible injuries. All four were transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics by Johnson County Ambulance for treatment. The front seat passengers were both wearing seat belts. The passengers in the rear were not.
Officers from the state patrol and sheriff’s department searched the area for the suspect. Approximately four hours later, a Chevrolet Malibu was reported stolen from a residence on Highway 382 by a suspect matching the description of the driver who had fled the scene.
The juvenile was charged with theft in the second degree.