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UPDATE: Driver in Crash that Injured 3 Arrested

By: Phil Levin Email
By: Phil Levin Email

UPDATED Wednesday, May 15, 2013 --- 1:07 p.m.

Today, Rock Co. Sheriff's deputies and Rockford Police arrested Emeterio Acosta at a Rockford residence.

Acosta is currently in the Winnebago, IL County Jail on charges of Hit and Run Causing Great Bodily Harm and Hit and Run Injury.

He was wanted after Sunday morning's roll-over crash in Rock Co. that injured three people.

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POSTED Tuesday, May 14, 2013 --- 11:15 p.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin

A Van Galder bus driver is being credited with saving a teen's life after a crash near Janesville.

Early Sunday morning a driver and three teen passengers rolled in their sedan under an interstate overpass on County Highway O near Janesville. Two of the teens were ejected, and one was unresponsive until a Van Galder bus driver just starting his shift happened to see the scene.

"I noticed two rows of carpet laying on the road and then as I got closer I saw the car and I said 'Oh my God, there's bodies there,'" said Driver Chad Spry. He was the first to call 911, parked his bus, and worked with the operator to see if one of the victims was alive, opening his mouth so he could breathe.

"I opened it up and he kind of gasped and then I go 'He's breathing!'"

Spry was on the phone with Rock County 911 Operator Krystynn Reinart, who was surprised he went to such lengths to take the teen's life into his hands.

"For Chad to have stopped and helped, that probably saved this guy's life," she said.

Spry says 23-year-old driver Emeterio Acosta of Janesville stuck around the scene to help, but fled before emergency crews arrived. Investigators think alcohol contributed to the crash and issued a warrant for Acosta's arrest Tuesday.


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