Family Seeking Justice After Fatal Crash

By: KKTV
By: KKTV
Police are asking for the public

Bernadette Trujillo

Frankie Perea

The family of a teenager killed in a fatal single-vehicle crash are begging the three who ran from the scene to turn themselves over to police.

"Please turn yourself in...your actions have broken our family," Jessica Armijo pleaded.

Armijo is 16-year-old Bernadette Trujillo's aunt. Trujillo's body was found inside a wrecked maroon Cadillac early on the morning of June 13.

The crash happened at the intersection of Pueblo Boulevard and Northern Avenue in southwest Pueblo. Police say the driver lost control of his vehicle while going around a curve, then hit a power pole.

According to witnesses, the driver and two passengers ran away.

Monday, Pueblo police released a photo of the man they say was driving the Cadillac when it wrecked. Frankie Perea, 26, is wanted for vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a deadly accident, and driving on a suspended license. A $500,000 bond warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Police are still working to learn the identities of the two passengers who fled with Perea. Witnesses say one was a man and the other was a woman.

As Trujillo's family wrestles with their loss, they are pleading for justice.

"She didn't deserve what happened to her," Trujillo's cousin Tyra Vigil said.

"Do what you know in your heart is right...our family is not whole any more because of your actions," Armijo said.

Family members wondered if Trujillo's life could have been saved if those with her had not run away.

"She was left alone and maybe she could have been revived or they could have brought her back to life," Vigil told 11 News. "Done something else for her instead of her just suffering by herself.

"I just wish that they...someone could have stayed with her and helped her and maybe called the police."

Anyone with information about Perea's whereabouts or the identities of the people with him is asked to call Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 719-542-STOP (7867). Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.


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