COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Collier County Sheriff's deputies arrested Francisco Torres-Cardoza, 22, after they said he fled on foot following a serious crash on Davis Blvd. and Lakewood Blvd.
A deputy arrived on the scene of the crash where a vehicle had hit a palm tree, causing heavy damage to the vehicle. While on the scene, three people were transported with serious injuries, one of which was life threatening.
A witness said the driver got out of the vehicle to help the others before walking away from the scene and hopping a wall toward the witness' residence. The witness spoke with the suspect before he fled eastbound out of sight.
Another witness stopped her vehicle to assist with the injured. She said she walked to the driver's side window and asked if everyone was OK. The driver reportedly lifted the side air bag, looked at the witness, exited the vehicle to help the others and took off.
A deputy found the suspect, later identified as Torres-Cardoza, walking eastbound on Davis Blvd., a mile from the crash scene. He matched the description given by the witnesses. They returned to the crash scene where Torres-Cardoza allegedly admitted he had been driving the vehicle, and a witness also identified him.
He was checked out by Collier EMS and cleared. Torres-Cardoza had an abrasion on his chest, consistant with a driver's side seat belt injury.
According to CCSO, a check of his license revealed it had expired in March of 2013. They also discovered that he was allegedly on state probation for other charges.
After Torres-Cardoza was arrested, 5.5 grams of marijuana was reportedly found hidden in his left sock.
At that time, he allegedly informed deputies that he had relocated to San Antonio, Texas without notifying his probation officer.
Torres-Cardoza faces multiple charges and is considered a flight risk, according to deputies.