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Man involved in fatal accident now in custody

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The Nashville man involved in a hit-and-run crash in July in Rutherford County that killed a Chattanooga woman is now in custody.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) announced Monday that 35-year-old Ruben Prado Pena surrendered to the U.S. Marshals at the port of entry of the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge in Laredo, Texas on Monday.  He had fled to Mexico. 

Prado had been involved in an accident on Interstate 24 Rutherford County during the early morning hours of July 20, 2013.  Prado, who was the sole occupant in his vehicle, was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of travel on Interstate 24 when he struck an eastbound traveling vehicle in the right front. The impact killed passenger Cynthia Joyner, 31, of Chattanooga, Tennessee and injured three others.

Pena is at the Webb County Jail (Texas), where he awaits extradition. THP will charge Pena with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and being a fugitive from justice. Additional charges are pending his extradition from Texas.


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