Trucker who fled after fatal wreck still at large

| 7/31/2007

Police in Sweetwater, TX, say a truck driver fled the scene on foot after he ran a stop sign and allegedly caused a fatal wreck on July 18.

According to Lt. Randy Haynes, Pedro Ramirez Ramos, 45, was driving an 18-wheeler at Interstate 20 and Hopkins Road at 8:30 p.m. on July 18, when Ramos failed to stop at the intersection. Ramos is a resident alien from Mexico.

Ramos’ truck struck a pickup driven by James Stevens, 42, owner of the Sweetwater Cattle Auction.

Haynes said Ramos ran away on foot while emergency workers tried to pry Stevens from the car. Stevens later died at a hospital from injuries received during the wreck.

Ramos is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds. He was wearing a blue T-shirt and jeans during the wreck. His last known address is in Laredo, TX, Haynes said.

Ramos is in the country on a green card, Haynes said, and his CDL was out of Colorado.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer