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Police arrest two in connection with two-vehicle crash, fleeing scene

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The driver of the Ford Focus fled the scene of the crash along with two passengers while two other passengers remained at the scene. One of the passengers was extricated from the vehicle and taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Kim Hyatt / Forum4 / 6
Gerald Loher, with the Fargo Fire Department, assists at the scene of a two-vehicle car crash on Tuesday night. Kim Hyatt / Forum5 / 6
Crew members with the Fargo Fire Department help clear the scene of debris and hazardous fluids after a two-vehicle car crash on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the intersection of 10th Street North and Fourth Avenue. Kim Hyatt / Forum6 / 6

FARGO - Two people were arrested after a hit-and-run crash in Fargo late Tuesday, Feb. 7, Fargo police said.

Tate Rivera, 23, of Fargo was arrested on a warrant, and for refusing to stop for police, while Karlee Young, 19, of Fargo was arrested for drug warrants and drug paraphernalia, police said.

The two were found hiding in the lobby of the Twin Towers building, just a few blocks away from the crash site, police said.

There was a two-vehicle crash about 9:35 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of 10th Street North and Fourth Avenue near Taco John’s and the Northern Gentlemen's Club.

Hanna Gross, 21, of Fargo, was driving a Lexus SUV eastbound on Fourth Avenue with a green light, while a Ford Focus was northbound in the west lane of 10th Street, which is a one-way road.

The driver of the Ford, Rivera, failed to stop at the red light and the Lexus struck the driver’s side of the Ford, sending the vehicle across the intersection and into a sidewalk safety rail on the northeast corner of 10th Street, where it came to rest.

Fargo Police Sgt. Jim VanLith said Tuesday that he didn’t know whether icy road conditions were a factor in the Ford’s inability to stop at the red light.

After the crash, Rivera and two passengers fled on foot, heading westbound on Fourth Avenue.

Police quickly caught one of the passengers who fled. Chelsey Rivera, 21, Fargo, was detained, interviewed and released at the scene, Deputy Chief Joe Anderson said Wednesday, Feb. 8.

VanLith said police used a K-9 unit to help locate Rivera and Young.

Two of the Ford’s other passengers, Chad Anderson, 28, and Hamid Zuri, 28, both of Fargo, stayed at the scene of the crash.

Zuri suffered serious or incapacitating injuries and had to be extricated from the car. He was taken by F-M Ambulance to an unnamed Fargo hospital for treatment.

VanLith said Zuri’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Anderson, Young and Chelsey Rivera did not appear injured, the police report said.

Neither Gross nor her passenger, Jonathan Erickson, 21, Fargo, appeared to be injured, VanLith said.

The police report indicates Tate Rivera may have had an injury, but was not transported by ambulance to a hospital.

Kim Hyatt

Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.

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