Nashville man charged in Iowa crash that killed teen - WKRN News 2

Nashville man charged in Iowa crash that killed teen

Hilberto Velasquez-Ramirez Hilberto Velasquez-Ramirez
Council Bluffs, Iowa -

A Nashville man is charged in a two-vehicle crash in Council Bluffs, Iowa early Friday morning that killed a teenager and injured three others.

Police said Hilberto Velasquez-Ramirez, 31, of Nashville, was intoxicated with a blood-alcohol-content of .178.

According to the police report, Velasquez-Ramirez was driving east in the westbound lanes in a Chevy Astro van when he hit a Chevy Cavalier driven by 18-year-old Brenden Kniesly just after Midnight.

Chrishaun Moten, 17, a passenger in the vehicle, died.

Kniesly and another 17-year-old passenger were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. A third passenger, a 16-year-old, was taken to a local hospital and released.

The 16-year-old told KETV NewsWatch 7 that she "climbed out of the window after the crash to check on her friends. She said she saw the drunk driver try to get away, so she ran over to take his keys."

The 16-year-old also said she asked Velasquez-Ramirez to call 911, but he refused.  She said she flagged down help until police arrived.

Velasquez-Ramirez is charged with homicide by vehicle, two counts of serious injury by vehicle, operating while intoxicated and not having a driver's license or no proof of insurance.

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