On the stand, Sarah Cerenhous remembers May 2, 2012. She was on the way home with three friends, when they were run off of Beloit Road. “We went to the right Suzie flew over me to the left and I grabbed her so she did not fly out of the car.”
The three car crash would leave one of her friends paralyzed. The man that caused the crash was Rockford police officer Daniel Cruz. The victims testified that Cruz checked on them. “Oh cool, you guys are all okay…at which point, Suzie’s head was on my lap and her body was laying across the back seat, and I started screaming; we are not okay, we are not okay!" said Cerenhous
Dash Cam video then shows Cruz leaving the scene. You can see him on the Right side of the video walking away, phone in hand. He also lied to a firefighter about being the driver. “Stop right there, you lied to me, you are the driver of the car that we have been looking for.” Said Frank Perez
Through tears, Cruz’s ex-wife asked the judge for probation so could be around for his kids. “The kids are his world, and he is there world. Their dad is their superman.” Said Angela Cruz.
Cruz proceeded to ask the judge to show him mercy, saying he has changed since crash. “Your honor, please show me mercy.”
The judge sentenced to eight years in prison, a sentence prosecutors agree with.
“He left the scene of that accident, and he could have provided those people help. He made that choice, and we believe that this punishment meets the crime.” Said Michelle Courier, Boone County States Attorney