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Murfreesboro crash leaves two injured, one in custody

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 16:43:33-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Murfreesboro crash involving an SUV and a semi-truck resulted in two passengers' injuries, another passenger's arrest and the closure of parts of Memorial Blvd. for hours.

According to Murfreesboro police, the preliminary investigation shows that 23-year-old Rafael H. Guadarrama of Antioch was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban with his headlights off on Memorial Blvd. when he collided with the semi-truck. The semi-truck - driven by Joseph Mezzacopo of Clarksville - was attempting to turn left onto Memorial Blvd.

Following the crash, Guadarrama left the scene of the crash. He was located a block away crossing Saint Clair Street, and taken to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

Two passengers in the SUV - 35-year-old Sergio Vega-Perez and 28-year-old Rusbel Domingues - were trapped in the vehicle. The Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department helped to extricate them from the SUV.

The two SUV passengers were initially treated on the scene. Vega-Perez was then LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, while Domingues was transported by ambulance.

Vega-Perez remains in critical condition at the hospital.

Mezzacopo was not injured.

After Guadarrama's release from the hospital, Fatal Accident Crash Team (FACT) investigators arrested Guadarrama for driving under the influence, violation of the open container law, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and two counts of vehicular assault. He has been booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

The crash remains under FACT investigation.