Police: Man ran over co-worker after argument

Sean Philip Cotter

Police have filed attempted-homicide charges against a man they say drunkenly ran over a co-worker Monday night after they argued about work.

Ricardo Mena-Rivera, 42, 410 Belvidere Ave., Apartment 2, also is charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, as well as a misdemeanor count of driving while under the influence, according to a criminal complaint filed against him Tuesday by York City Police.

Ricardo Mena-Rivera

Police say Mena-Rivera, Ulises Figueroa Vallejo and another man they work with all went to Vallejo's home in the 700 block of Oatman Avenue after work on Monday and drank two 12-packs of beer between the three of them. Then they decided to go get more beer from Jo-Ja-Ma's restaurant at 220 Roosevelt Ave., documents state.

There, they combined to down another 12-pack of Corona, documents state. And that's when, police say, Vallejo and Mena-Rivera began to argue about work, bickering about some sheet metal that might have been screwed in wrong.

"The argument got pretty heated," police say the third member of their group told them. He told police he stepped between his two arguing co-workers and suggested they all go home.

They all got into Mena-Rivera's Toyota Corolla, with Mena-Rivera driving, Vallejo in the back and the third man in the front passenger seat, documents state. Still arguing, they drove north on Roosevelt Avenue and then east on Linden Avenue; that's when Vallejo punched Mena-Rivera twice in the head, according to the third man, saying: "Do you want to fight?"

Mena-Rivera didn't answer, so Vallejo got out of the car, saying "I'll just walk home," according to documents. He got out and began walking north on Elm Terrace, documents state.

Police say the other passenger told them Mena-Rivera seemed to be stunned for a minute, and then he grabbed the wheel, made a sharp left onto Elm Terrace and drove straight for Vallejo, according to documents.

The car hit Vallejo, who was walking with his back to the car, tossing him over the hood and onto the windshield before the car hit a telephone pole's guide wire and flipped, landing on its side, police say.

That was the scene officers responding at about 9:40 p.m. to calls of a car crash found: Vallejo unconscious on the ground, and the car on its side with both people in it stuck inside, documents state.

All three men were taken to York Hospital for their injuries, police say.

Officers also found one empty beer bottle and one full beer can in the car, according to documents.

The documents describe Vallejo's injuries as "life threatening;" they said he had serious head injuries. York Hospital had no information about Vallejo on Thursday night.

Mena-Rivera remains in York County Prison on $500,000 bail, according to prison records.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.