Man in critical condition after being hit by truck


One man was flown to St. Mary's Hospital and another was treated locally for injuries sustained early Sunday morning when they were allegedly run over by a pick-up truck driven by Hilerio Gomez, 36.

Police say it is not yet known whether the two were intentionally injured or the accident was the result of self-defense.

According to Craig Police Department Lt. John Forgay, a fight that was not called in to police occurred in the city-owned parking lot outside Mathers' Bar.

Gomez and one passenger, Felix Ruiz, 29, who both received minor injuries from the fight, left the parking lot and drove to Cedar Mountain Trailer Court where Angel Rodriguez, 26, and Pablo Montero, 22, who were also apparently involved in the fight found them. Rodriguez and Montero approached the pick-up and allegedly began punching its occupants through the open windows.

According to Forgay, Gomez started to back his truck up. Montero was struck by the side mirror, fell to the ground, and was run over by the truck's front tire. Something similar probably happened to Rodriguez, Forgay said.

The police report was difficult to follow, Forgay said, given the different accounts of the incident and because those involved spoke Spanish.

"It's really so convoluted," he said. "We're not sure what we're going to have until the investigation is complete, which patrol is handling."

Gomez left the scene, but was later found and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a restricted license and vehicular assault.

He was booked into the Moffat County Jail at 4:01 a.m. Sunday. Bond will be set today, which was delayed because officials were waiting for an interpreter.

According to The Memorial Hospital Community Relations Director Pam Thompson, Montero spent about an hour at TMH before he was flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction with broken ribs and lung problems.

Montero's condition was listed as critical this morning, according to a spokesperson for St. Mary's Hospital. Rodriguez was treated for minor injuries and released.

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