An illegal immigrant was drunk driving and killed an off-duty sheriff’s deputy in a hit-and-run crash, authorities in Colorado said.
On Sept. 18, Weld County Sheriff’s Office deputy Alexis Hein-Nutz was riding her motorcycle to work when she was involved in a crash.
Investigators identified the driver as Octavio Gonzalez-Garcia. He was in the country illegally and had a fake Green Card and Social Security Card, according to the sheriff’s office. The items were recovered from his vehicle.
Gonzalez-Garcia was also intoxicated at the time of the crash, according to the sheriff’s office.
Police said the suspect made no attempts to provide aid to the deputy despite her injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.
“Instead, he ran away like a coward and hid in a nearby cornfield,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities asked for help in finding the suspect, and he was arrested hours later, according to reports.
Hein-Nutz was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, and her childhood dream was to work as a police officer, according to the sheriff’s office. She was hired in 2018 at 21 years old and worked as a detention deputy at the county jail. She was a week away from turning 24 years old.
“Alexis was a hard worker, a caring deputy and a positive force for our agency,” according to the sheriff’s office.