Six people were hospitalized after a head-on wreck the evening before Labor Day near Lake Pleasant.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, an accident was reported at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6. A Hummer SUV allegedly smashed head-on into a minivan near Desert Tortoise and Bajada Loop in Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
The Peoria Fire-Medical Department responded to the scene.
There were two adults and three children in the Hummer. The driver, Miguel Espin, attempted to flee the scene following the accident and was found a quarter-mile from the wreck, according to the MSCO.
A female passenger was flown to John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital and “was later determined to be paralyzed in her lower extremities,” according to the MCSO.
Three children from the Hummer and two passengers in the minivan were also taken to the hospital.
Espin, 24, was arrested for aggravated assault, driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an injury accident.
In May, Espin pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an injury accident, related to a March 16, 2019, incident. He was originally scheduled to be sentenced in May, but his sentencing hearing was delayed twice due to COVID-19.
Espin’s sentencing on the 2019 charges is now scheduled for Monday, Sept. 14.