AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Auburn police and Alabama State Troopers say one man is dead and three others from the vehicle fled the scene in a Saturday evening wreck along Interstate 85. The single vehicle wreck happened around 6pm near mile marker 54 (Wrights Mill Road overpass).
An unidentified 36-year-old Hispanic male was ejected from a 1999 Ford Explorer after it struck a guardrail and overturned in the median. The victim was transported to East Alabama Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
Police say three other Hispanic males from the vehicle fled the scene on foot. Officers later found two of them, including the driver, at a shopping center at Glenn Avenue and Dean Road.
The driver, identified as Ernesto Silva-Perez, age 24, of Auburn was arrested and charged with DUI, Public Intoxication, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Perez was transported to the Lee County Detention Center where he is currently being held. The third passenger in the vehicle remains at large.
The victim's body was transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Montgomery for autopsy. The case is being investigated by the Auburn Police Division, Lee County Coroner's Office, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The cause of the accident is also under investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Auburn Police Division at (334) 501-3140 or anonymously on the tip line at (334) 501-7337.