CHAMBERSBURG, PA - On March 11, 2020, Ramiro Federico Mendoza-Sales, 25, was charged with murder, following a police pursuit four days earlier, in which a 60-year-old woman was killed when Mendoza-Sales crashed into a house.
In a press release, the Chambersburg Police Department stated the following:
“On March 7, 2020 at 2:20 AM the Chambersburg Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2004 Honda in the area of 401 S. Main St for driving without headlights. After the officer initiated the traffic stop, while utilizing his emergency lights and sirens, the vehicle began to flee from the police.”
“The officer immediately chose to terminate the vehicle pursuit as the suspect vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. Several minutes later officers located the vehicle on E. McKinley St. at S. Coldbrook Ave. The vehicle had left the roadway and crashed into the corner of 540 S. Coldbrook Ave. Rinaldi Herrera-Moran, 33 years old, was located in the back seat of the vehicle. He had sustained multiple injuries and was flown to a hospital for treatment.”
The body of 60-year-old Evelyn Falcon was found laying on the ground, near the house. She was thrown through the windshield of the vehicle, upon impact and died at the scene.
Though both of his legs were fractured, Mendoza-Sales managed to flee the scene. A K-9 unit discovered the Guatemalan national hiding under a pile of leaves, about 300 feet from the scene of the crash.
Mendoza-Sales was traveling at approximately 60 mph at impact, and was under the influence of alcohol, according to police.
Mendoza-Sales has been charged with murder (third-degree), attempting to elude a police officer, two counts of causing accident involving death or injury while not licensed, homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault by vehicle, driving without a license and reckless driving.
He is currently being held at the Franklin County Jail on an ICE detainer.
Of course, this tragedy could have been prevented.
In fact, Chambersburg officials had three opportunities in one month, alone, to report the illegal alien to federal immigration authorities for deportation...
In November 2019, Mendoza-Sales was pulled over on Nov. 2, Nov. 6, and again on Nov. 9. Each time, the illegal alien was cited for driving without a license. Court records list the disposition in only one of those case, in which Mendoza-Sales pleaded guilty to the charge and paid a small fine, and was released.
View this suspect's court documents...