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Police: South Dakota man accused of killing Richland County couple had friend pick him up from crash site

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a man accused of killing a Richland County couple when he rear-ended their motorcycle went to great lengths to try and get away. 

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Roberto Eguiza (left); Eugenio Pecina (right).
Contributed / Richland County Jail
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RICHLAND COUNTY, N.D. — Roberto Eguiza, 41, of Veblen, South Dakota, is charged with leaving the scene of a deadly crash , but troopers say more charges are possible as they are awaiting blood alcohol test reports.

He's accused of killing 45-year-old Corey Volesky and his 40-year-old wife Amber Volesky the night of Saturday, May 28.

Troopers say Equiza's pickup rear-ended the couple's motorcycle on Highway 11 between Hankinson and Lidgerwood as they were turning onto Richland County Road 3 to go to their home in Wyndmere.

Investigators say it's unclear if Eguiza tried to stop, and he may have hit them going around 60 mph.

Instead of calling for help, Eguiza ran into the woods and called a friend, troopers said.

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That friend has been identified as 42-year-old Eugenio Pecina, who has been charged with hindering. Police said Pecina drove up from Veblen to pick up Eguiza.

Police said a firefighter noticed him driving slowly through some trees near the crash, and Eguiza was in the passenger seat.

"He crashed initially, fled on foot. He had his phone with him, and he called a friend to come get him from South Dakota," said Capt. Bryan Niewind of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. "He was trying to hide until his friend could find him and pick him up and then try to get away from the area."

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