UPDATE: Hit And Run Suspect Arrested

Francisco J. Gonzalez

Francisco J. Gonzalez, 24, was taken into custody today by Warsaw Police without incident. Gonzalez is accused of driving drunk and killing a horse that was pulling an Amish wagon Saturday night in Warsaw.

Police say they received the warrants and located Gonzalez at Shamrock Mobile Home Park in Warsaw. Gonzalez was taken into custody without incident and was cooperative with officers.

At that time, however, police say Gonzalez would not give a statement and requested that he meet with his attorney.

Gonzalez was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on the charges of failure to stop after an accident causing serious bodily injury, a class B felony; and operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, a class D felony. His bond was set at $2,000 cash.

Police located Francisco Gonzalez just minutes after he slammed his car into a horse on Saturday night. He was attempting to restart his vehicle, which was badly damaged and covered in horse blood. (Photo provided by Warsaw Police Department)

Police say Gonzalez’s BAC was .17 percent when he drove his car into a horse drawn wagon on Sheldon Street in Warsaw. The vehicle impacted the horse killing it almost instantly, and ejected five juvenile Amish boys from the wagon. The boys suffered minor bumps and scrapes.

Kosciusko County Prosecutor Daniel Hampton told StaceyPageOnline.com that his office was expecting to today receive video footage from the Saturday night crash. That surveillance video allegedly shows Gonzalez making a U turn in the Walmart parking lot along Sheldon Street and driving straight back toward the horse drawn wagon.

Witnesses on the scene of the incident, and Floyd Miller, the father of 17-year-old Andrew Miller who was driving the horse-drawn wagon that night, said his son and the other boys all said Gonzalez swerved and accelerated in what appeared to be an intentional act. (See related story and hear audio from Floyd Miller)

Hampton was asked to respond as to why the Warsaw Police Department would elect to release a press statement claiming “none of the buggy occupants, nor any witnesses told police that they thought the collision was intentional.”

The prosecutor said he would have to look into that but did say, “The way things are filed are not always the way they are prosecuted, which is why my office reviews each case” and makes the final determination.

This evening, Warsaw Police say their investigators and the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office “continue to diligently follow-up on this crash investigation and additional charges may be filed once the investigation is complete. Additional information regarding this crash may be forthcoming.”

 

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UPDATE: Hit And Run Suspect Arrested — 5 Comments

  1. I hope this man gets what he deserves! This accident could have been so much worse killing 6 human lives as well as this poor unfortunate animal! When are people going to learn to stop drinking and driving?

  2. I don’t think it was the drinking and driving that caused this, I think he was just doing it because of road rage or who knows… One thing I DO know, is that everyone keeps calling it an accident, and it seems very far from being an “accident”.

  3. What I would like to know is how did the hospital just release him? Why wasn’t there a police officer there waiting to take him into custody? He was drunk, right? Doesn’t that mean he should have been charged at least with DUI and arrested upon leaving the hosptial? Why was he taken to Parkview? KCH couldn’t clean up horse blood?

    I’m glad he’s in custody now! My condolances to the Miller family for the loss of their horse. Thankful that none of the boys were seriously injured.

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