• Arrest made in 7 month hit-and-run incident that left good Samaritan without a leg

    By: Kerry Kavanaugh

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    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - After spending seven months on the run, U.S. Marshals arrested a man wanted for the hit-and-run accident that permanently injured a good Samaritan.

    Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh learned Wednesday police also simultaneously arrested the man's three brothers in Gwinnett County.

    Investigators believe the incident turned into a family cover-up. For Caleb and Victoria Graves, months of questioning are over.

    "Me and Victoria have been praying for the guy who hit me," Caleb Graves told Kavanaugh.

    "We just wanted to know who it was," Victoria Graves said.

    Wednesday morning, Miguel Sanchez-Cruz, 40, was taken into custody in Charlotte, N.C.

    Police said he is the driver of the car that struck Graves, forever changing this young couple's lives.

    Last August, Caleb Graves was helping a stranded driver along Brook Hollow Parkway. A car hit him from behind. The driver got out and ran away.

    Graves said the news is bittersweet.

    "It has to be. There are consequences and repercussions for things that any of us do," Graves said.

    Turns out there are consequences for more than one.

    "There was some covering up of who was driving," said David Hammack, investigator with the Gwinnett County Police Department.

    He said a complicated investigation led him to all three of Sanchez-Cruz's brothers, who allegedly helped their brother hide. Milton Sanchez, Freddy Sanchez-Cruz, and Orlando Sanchez all face obstruction charges.

    Hammack said Milton Sanchez owned the car involved in the crash.

    "He reported it stolen approximately 30 minutes after the accident."

    Hammack said what troubled investigators most was what they found inside the vehicle.

    "(We found) beer containers and a large bottle of gin that was open in the center console and actually had a lime with a shot glass."

    Hammack believes Sanchez-Cruz was under the influence, which may explain why he ran. But Hammack says immigration officials also have an active arrest warrant for his deportation.

    Despite it all, Graves said he has love in his heart for the man accused of leaving him on the street.

    "The first thing I would say is 'Look bro, I forgive you,'" Graves said.

    Investigator Hammack went to Charlotte Wednesday to interview this suspect in person.

    He faces numerous charges including hit and run causing injury, hit and run, following too closely, reckless driving, open container and not having a valid license plate.

    "I just wish he didn't run. I feel like everything could have been better," Victoria Graves said.

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