Las Cruces Police looking for man, woman in connection to deadly hit-and-run


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Las Cruces Police are looking for a 40-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man believed to be involved in a deadly hit-and-run Monday evening.

LCPD says Heather Mariah Grace Funk, 40, and 34-year-old Earnest Thomas Fudge were believed to be in the 2010 Volkswagen Passat that struck the two pedestrians and both have warrants issued for their arrests.

LCPD says a 43-year-old man was killed and another was critically injured near the intersection of Espina Street and Arizona Avenue. Police say the crash took place around 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21 and authorities responded to a report of two pedestrians who were struck by a vehicle that fled the area; the vehicle was located by police later Monday evening. Police say the car had significant damage consistent with it being involved in the hit-and-run.

LCPD states that officers found the two victims, one of them, 43-year-old Jaime Valenciano was pronounced dead at the scene. A 60-year-old man was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition.

Traffic investigators believe that both men were walking together, heading west and crossing Espina Street when they were struck by a vehicle heading south on Espina. Police say investigators obtained a search warrant on the VW and located documents inside the car that belongs to Funk and Fudge. Funk and Fudge are believed to be traveling together and maybe staying in a Las Cruces area motel.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or may have information pertaining to the hit and run vehicle is asked to call police at 575-526-0795 or call 911.

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