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Police jail 3, seek 'John Doe' driver from fatal wreck

March 29, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two Chambersburg men and a woman were in Franklin County Prison Tuesday after they were charged with lying to Pennsylvania State Police about the identity of the driver in a fatal accident last year.

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And the driver, now considered a "John Doe," is thought to be in Chicago or Trenton, N.J.

Dennis Enrique Gonzales, 20, and Esvin Martin Quinones, 20, both of 383 E. Washington St., and Flor De Maria Mazariegos, 37, of 230 N. Main St., were charged with obstructing the administration of law and hindering apprehension and prosecution. The charges are second-degree misdemeanors with a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine upon conviction.

In affidavits of probable cause, police allege the three gave false information about the driver in a May 29, 1999, crash that resulted in the death of one of the passengers, Oscar Maldonado, 30, of Trenton, N.J. Maldonado died on June 6 at Chambersburg Hospital from injuries he received in the accident.

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The one-vehicle accident occurred on Scotland Road in Greene Township when a car ran off the road and hit a telephone pole at 12:30 a.m.

The driver, who identified himself as Alejandro Figueroa, 20, of 383 E. Washington St., was charged with driving under the influence, according to police records. He was arraigned before District Justice David Hawbaker and jailed on $5,000 bond.

He was bailed out of prison on June 1, and police believe he fled Pennsylvania and may be in the Trenton area or Chicago. Trooper Joseph S. Davidson's affidavit said the driver was later charged as a John Doe with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence.

The affidavit said the man could produce no identification the night of the accident, telling police he had left it in Trenton.

While at Chambersburg Hospital, where he was being treated for a broken arm and other injuries, Mazariegos told Davidson she was his aunt and vouched that Figueroa was his real name, police allege.

Two days after Maldonado died, Mazariegos was interviewed again and told Davidson she was not related to the driver and did not know his real name, police allege.

Gonzales and Quinones also told police at the hospital that the driver was Alejandro Figueroa, police allege in the affidavits. Police said the driver spoke little English, and Gonzales, who said he was the man's cousin, acted as an interpreter between him and police.

Police say Alejandro Figueroa is just one of several aliases the man has used. The report said he also used the names Alejandro Collado, Alejandro Collado-Oritz and Yilvin Rodas.

Gonzales, Quinones and Mazariegos were picked up Tuesday morning on warrants and arraigned before District Justice Larry Pentz. All three were in jail Tuesday night on $10,000 bond each.

State police were aided in their investigation by Chambersburg Borough Police and the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, a police report said.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the driver can call Trooper Davidson at 1-717-264-5161.

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