Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Juan C. Mata-Chavez Charged In The Milwaukee's Southside Fatal Hit-and-run Crash That Killed Monica Hernández

Mata-Chavez is now wanted in the hit-and-run crash that ended the life of a 43-year-old woman and injured her 13-year-old son on Sunday in Milwaukee's Southside.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

February 6, 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - On Tuesday, Juan C. Mata-Chavez, 27, with family connections in the town of Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico has been charged with two felony counts that include hit-and-run involving death and knowningly operating a vehicle while revoked causing death for the February deadly crash that resulted with the death of Monica Hernández, 43, and causing injuries to her 13-year-old son, Jonathan. If convicted, Mata-Chavez is facing 25 years on prison and up to $100,000 in fines for the the hit-and-run charge, he is also facing up to 6 years and $10,000 in fines for driving while having a revoke license. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, according to court records.
According to the criminal complaint, Mata-Chavez called his sister after the deadly accident and told her to report the truck as stolen at gunpoint. She did reported it stolen about half an hour after the accident, but when questioned by police, she admitted that she had lied for her brother and identified him as the person wearing the cap in the video surveillance. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner reported that Hernández died from internal bleeding including damage to her liver caused by blunt force trauma, which she also suffered from two broken legs. She apparently died during the operating procedure to save her life.
Police say, that another passenger in the Ram has turned himself in to police as well.
None of the suspects attempted to help Hernández or her son who had just attended a church Sunday service before the fatal crash occured.
On Sunday, Milwaukee police just after 11:05 a.m. responded to a two vehicle crash resulting in damages to three additional parked vehicles at the 1500 block of W. Lincoln Ave. A Ram pickup truck was speeding eastbound on W. Lincoln Ave. when it lost control on the icy street and turned sideways blocking Toyota Corolla heading westbound that crashed into it. 
La Canoa Restaurant located in the same block recorded the crash with a surveillance camera outside and was posted on Facebook by Valeria Estefania. Three male suspects and a women who were in the truck fled the scene and were also video recorded fleeing through an alley located on the side of the restaurant. 
One of the suspects wearing a cap, pulled a handgun out and pointed it at witnesses who attempted to stop them from leaving the scene of the crash.
Hernández, who was driving a Toyota Corolla that struck the truck passed away in a local hospital and her 13-year-old son, Jonathan who was the passenger survived with injuries to his arm.
A 23-year-old woman who was a passenger in the Ram truck and fled with three men later turned herself in to police on Sunday night and the driver of the truck is being sought, according to the Milwaukee Police Department.

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