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Driver being deported after crash

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By Kate Rash

Deportation procedures are underway after one Harrison County man is arrested following a Saturday night wreck.

Alberto Lopez, 23, was traveling northbound in a 1997 Ford Contour on US 27 around 11:20 p.m., when the vehicle crossed the center line of the highway, striking a 2008 Ford Focus, driven by Kyle Caldwell, 18.

“He was struck head-on,” Deputy Robert Peak said.

Caldwell, who had been traveling southbound on US 27, suffered from a leg injury and was transported to Harrison Memorial Hospital by Browns EMS. He was released later that night.

Lopez was also transported to HMH and treated for a broken ankle.

Peak said two passengers were in the vehicle with Lopez at the time of the accident.

Gilberto Lopez, 28, the front-seat passenger, was transported to HMH and treated for head injuries.

The back-seat passenger, Samuel Zapata-Ruis, 20, suffered severe head trauma and was airlifted from the scene to UK Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Following his release from HMH, Alberto Lopez was arrested by Peak for driving under the influence and not having a license.

For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.