Fleeing Driver Hits Man on Sidewalk Leading to Serious Injuries

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Fargo Injuries Caused by Unconcious Driver

FARGO, N.D.- (Goldberg & Loren)  A man was charged following an incident early Saturday morning that left a pedestrian and officer injured.

At 12:22 a.m., a suspicious vehicle was observed parked in the 1200 block of University Drive North by an FPD officer, who approached the vehicle and noticed the driver was unconscious behind the wheel, despite verbal commands from the officer to which the driver was unresponsive to the officer’s verbal commands.

According to authorities, the officer attempted to remove the driver from the car, but the driver quickly shifted into drive and sped away, crossing North University Drive and driving onto a sidewalk.

The officer was pulled by the vehicle for a brief period and suffered minor injuries. The driver collided with a pedestrian who was walking on the sidewalk and then hit a tree with the vehicle. After exiting the vehicle, the driver attempted escape.

The officers apprehended the suspect and took him into custody, subsequently placing him under arrest. During a search of the vehicle, law enforcement discovered around 190 M30 pills and $1,500 in cash.

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Richard Nunez, a 30-year-old from Fargo, was charged with multiple offenses including possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to deliver opiates, felony fleeing from law-enforcement, aggravated reckless driving, driving under the influence resulting in bodily injury, felony reckless endangerment, and driving under suspension (4th offense).

A pedestrian named Wayne Zeretzke was hit by a fleeing vehicle while walking home from work. He sustained significant injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance, according to his family.

Wayne received surgery to realign his spine and will require therapy. A GoFundMe has been established by family members to assist with medical expenses, as Wayne’s recovery is expected to be lengthy and he is unable to work.

The attorney’s at Goldberg & Loren would like extend our heartfelt sympathies to Mr. Zeretzke and his family.



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