Person of interest identified in crash that killed 1-year-old

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The latest on a hit-and-run near East Boulevard and East New York Street.

Oct. 9

Police have identified a “person of interest” in the case. No arrest has been made nor a name released, but police are making progress.

A statement from the Rapid City Police Department reads, “We are still actively working to follow up on leads, gather video evidence from the area, and working to build the best case we can before making any arrests. We are still asking anyone who witnessed the crash contact Det. Gebhard at 394-4134.”


Baby dies after Rapid City crash; search for suspect begins again

Oct. 8

Police say a 1-year-old that was in the Grand Prix has died from her injuries. Her identity is being withheld until proper notification to next-of-kin.

Two adults in the Grand Prix were treated Friday for life-threatening injuries.

Police now believe the man originally charged in the crash, 33-year-old Joseph Morado, was not involved. He was arrested shortly after the crash underneath the East Boulevard bridge. Police say he was highly intoxicated, belligerent, had methamphetamine on his person, and had made statements about his involvement in the crash. He was also positively identified as the suspect by a witness.

But police checked the GPS history of his ankle monitor, determining that Morado was not near the crash when it happened. Police had earlier received an alert that Morado had cut the monitor off.

Morado was arrested for a bond revocation and is charged with possession of a controlled substance.

As for the Bonneville driver, that suspect has not been found.

“It is apparent that the driver of the Pontiac Bonneville responsible for the crash fled the scene shortly after it happened,” says Capt. John Olson of the RCPD’s Criminal Investigation Division. “With the tragic loss of life in this case, it’s imperative that we work to get the best understanding of the circumstances surrounding the crash. Detectives have spent all weekend actively pursuing leads in this case, and we are additionally calling for assistance from the community.

“We are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the crash contact Det. Ryan Gebhard at 394-4134. The public can also send an anonymous tip by texting ‘RCPD’ and the info to 847411. The collective sympathies of the RCPD go out to those victimized in this crash and to their families.”


Rapid City police catch hit-and-run suspect; 4 people hospitalized

Oct. 5

A local man is charged after police say he sent four people to the hospital after a drunk driving crash.

The crash happened after noon Friday near East Boulevard and East New York Street. Police say a Pontiac Bonneville struck a Pontiac Grand Prix and a third vehicle.

The Grand Prix was on East Boulevard, turning left onto East New York Street. The Bonneville was coming from the opposite direction on East Boulevard.

The driver and all three passengers in the Pontiac Grand Prix were transported to Regional Health Rapid City Hospital. No one in the third vehicle was injured.

The suspect driver had fled the scene, but police found him a couple of blocks away. He was identified as 33-year-old Joseph Morado.

Morado was charged with three counts of vehicular battery and driving under the influence. He was also charged with a bond revocation from a previous assault charge.

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