Police: York City man fled traffic stop with child, caused crash

Harper Ho
York Dispatch

A York City man faces charges including child endangerment after police allege he crashed his pickup while fleeing from a traffic stop with a child in the vehicle, sending two people to the hospital.

Luis Manuel Velez-Diaz, 20, of the 100 block of East South Street, remains in York County Prison on $10,000 bail, according to court records.

An officer tried to pull over Velez-Diaz about 9:40 p.m. Nov. 28 at East Philadelphia Street and North Oxford Street in Springettsbury Township for a suspended license, according to charging documents.

He allegedly took off, and the officer ended the pursuit about a minute later after losing sight of Velez-Diaz's 2002 Ford F-150, according to documents.

Velez-Diaz is accused of running a red light at Mount Zion Road and Route 30 and crashing his pickup truck into a Jeep, sending two people in the vehicle to York Hospital with injuries, charging documents state.

"The Jeep was overturned onto (its) passenger side with heavy damage on the driver's side. The Ford stayed upright and was spun around … with heavy damage to the front," state the documents.

A witness told police he saw two people get out of the pickup and flee the accident scene with a small child, according to documents, which state that Velez-Diaz had stolen the pickup truck from his father.

Police combed the area and found Velez-Diaz about 10:30 p.m. at a gas station on Concord Road with a woman and her 3-year-old son, according to charging documents.

He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and fleeing or attempting to elude police, both felonies.

Velez-Diaz is also charged with causing a crash involving an attended vehicle or property, reckless endangerment and driving with a suspended license, which are misdemeanors, and the summary offenses of reckless driving and running a red light.

He was arraigned at the county's central booking unit on Nov. 29. His preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 11 before District Judge Barry Bloss Jr.

— Reach breaking news reporter Harper Ho at hho@yorkdispatch.com.