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Victim of deadly local hit-and-run identified; 11 responders quarantined

The crash occurred at around 8:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of East Loop 340 and Idylwood...
The crash occurred at around 8:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of East Loop 340 and Idylwood Lane. (Photo courtesy of Fitzhugh Kyle)(KWTX)
Published: May. 4, 2020 at 10:39 PM CDT
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Police Tuesday identified the victim of a deadly hit-and-run involving an 18-wheeler that left Waco firefighters and police officers quarantined after the survivor they rescued tested positive for COVID-19.

The deceased was identified as Ramon De Loera Hernandez, 25.

Hernandez died at the scene of the collision, which happened at around 8:30 p.m. on April 24 at the intersection of East Loop 340 and Idylwood Lane.

The second occupant of the car in which he was riding was trapped for nearly an hour before firefighters were able to free the victim, who was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and later was diagnosed with the new coronavirus.

Three of the firefighters involved in the rescue have been under quarantine at a local hotel because of their exposure to the victim.

The firefighters are not showing any symptoms and will return to work Friday, City of Waco officials confirm.

In addition to the firefighters, Waco police officials confirmed Tuesday, eight police department employees who responded to the crash, including six officers and two crime scene techs, were also quarantined as a precaution.

Police said Monday they’ve identified the driver of the 18-wheeler, who fled on foot after the crash, however, they did not have him in custody.