Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:58

Motorist Pleads Guilty in Double Fatality Hit-and-Run Case

Hunter Queen Hunter Queen
April 18, 2017 – A former sheriff’s department recruit pled guilty Monday to a hit-and-run accident in 2013 in which two pedestrians were struck and killed on Interstate 40 in North Memphis, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Hunter Queen pled guilty in Criminal Court to two counts of vehicular homicide involving recklessness and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
Queen, 27, was given a three-year suspended prison sentence, though he must serve 52 weekends – 48-hour periods - at the Shelby County Correctional Center.
The incident occurred around 3:15 a.m. on Aug. 28, 2013, when Jessika Cavazos, 34, and Derrick Cross, 37, were struck and killed on I-40 east of Warford. They were changing a tire on the north side of the eastbound emergency lane.
Witnesses said they were struck by a white pickup truck travelling at a high rate of speed. Nearly a year later, investigators received a tip that led them to Queen, who was then a recruit in the Shelby County Sheriff’s Training Academy.
Queen admitted striking something that night, but said he thought it was a deer.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Gen. Charles Summers.