WARSAW — A Winona Lake man will be sentenced at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, after running over a man with a vehicle after a drug deal soured.
Daniel Hugo Duenas, 21, 2326 E. Pierceton Road, Winona Lake, is charged with aggravated battery, a level 3 felony; and reckless homicide, a level 5 felony. Duenas will be sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court.
On Feb. 17, 2017, Warsaw Police officers were called to the 700 block of North Cook Street for a car-pedestrian accident. Officers found a black 2010 Ford Mustang off the west side of the road. A 29-year-old man, later identified as Derek Davidson, South Bend, was found underneath the vehicle suffering from serious injuries. Davidson was then taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
According to court documents, minutes after the crash, an Indiana State Police officer found Duenas, the driver of the Mustang, several blocks away and took him into custody without incident.
The investigation showed that a marijuana drug deal was set up by several people, but during the exchange, Duenas was battered and robbed. Duenas then got into his car, backed up and then sped forward into Davidson, pinning him under the vehicle. Duenas then backed up and drove forward several times before jumping out of the vehicle and fleeing the scene on foot.