A family of five walking eastbound on E. 5th Street was struck from behind by a 26-year-old Delta resident suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Delta Police Department responded to the accident in the area of E. 5th and B Street Friday, June 22, at about 6:45 p.m.
An adult male and his 2-year-old son were transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The adult male was later transferred to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.
The DPD reports that the family was walking eastbound on E. 5th Street when Ramiro Ortega-Pena came around the corner and struck two of them from behind. Ortega-Pena who initially left the scene, was arrested and booked into the Delta County Jail on charges of vehicular assault, driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, driving a motor vehicle while license cancelled/denied and reckless endangerment.
The case is still under investigation by the Delta Police Department.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.