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More Information on Hit and Run Accident Near Storm Lake High School ; Teen Girl Seriously Injured

March 26, 2021 3:20pm

A Storm Lake man was arrested and charged after a hit-and-run accident this (Fri) morning which resulted in a teenage girl getting seriously injured.

The Storm Lake Police Department was reportedly dispatched to the 800 block of Oneida Street shortly after 7:40am on a report of a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle. Police responded and provided aid to the victim, identified as a 15-year-old female. The victim was transported by ambulance to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment of suspected serious injuries.

Utilizing video surveillance from the Storm Lake High School and school buses, police identified the suspect vehicle as a 2015 Chevy Colorado owned by 27-year-old Juan Rodriguez Parra of Storm Lake. At approximately 8:20am, police located the suspect vehicle at 1005 Russell Street in Storm Lake, where they made contact with Rodriguez Parra, and found him showing signs of alcohol impairment.

After further investigation, police allege that this (Fri) morning, Rodriguez Parra drove his vehicle to the Storm Lake High School, where he dropped off two children that he transported in his vehicle. Police allege that Rodriguez Parra then drove his vehicle west on Tornado Drive, and turned north onto Oneida Street, and struck the victim as she was crossing the roadway. Police allege that after striking the victim, Rodriguez Parra drove away, failing to provide aid or notify law enforcement.

Rodriguez Parra was transported to the Buena Vista County Jail, where after further testing, his blood-alcohol level was alleged to be more than two times the legal limit.

Police obtained a search warrant for the residence and suspect vehicle at 1005 Russell Street, where they further located a loaded nine-millimeter handgun inside the vehicle driven by Rodriguez Parra.

As a result of the incident, Rodriguez Parra was charged with Causing Serious Injury by Vehicle, a class D felony...Carrying Weapons While Intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor...and Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, two counts of Child Endangerment, and Leaving the Scene of a Serious Injury Accident, all aggravated misdemeanors.

Rodriguez Parra was further issued citations for Reckless Driving, Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian, and Failure of Obey a Stop Sign and Yield Right of Way, all simple misdemeanors.

Rodriguez Parra was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail, and held on a seven-thousand dollar bond.