Arkansas father killed after falling out of car while his drunk friend was spinning donuts and ran over him
Miguel Vega, 39, is being held on $150,000 bail for manslaughter after hitting his friend during a drunken joyride
An Arkansas man is being held on $150,000 bail for manslaughter after a freak accident during a drunken joyride left his friend dead in a Bentonville hayfield.
Miguel Vega, 39, is being held in Benton County Jail after his July 22 arrest Arkansas Online.
Lester Salcedo, 27, was joyriding in the vehicle with Vega when Vega started doing donuts and the car accelerated in circles. Authorities said Salcedo flew out of an open car door that didn’t close properly. His friend, who continued to make donuts, ran over him in the hayfield and then drove off.
A 12-year-old boy, who was unharmed, was in the car with Vega and Salcedo the night of Salcedo’s death. It is unclear how he is related to the men.
While formal charges are pending, Vega faces manslaughter, accident(s) resulting in death or personal injury, and endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree.
Lester Salcedo, 27, was driving the vehicle with Vega when his friend started doing donuts and circled the car at high speed
Authorities discovered Salcedo’s body in a hayfield surrounded by tire tracks after Vega’s cell phone pinged near Mill Dam Road and Philpott Road in Bentonville, Arkansas
Pictured: Vega’s abandoned vehicle after he fled the scene drunk after the fatal accident
According to a likely statement filed Tuesday, the boy told investigators that the two men drank a “weird” drink from a jar while driving around in the back seat with him.
Vega was driving and Salcedo was in the passenger seat, he said, as they began baking donuts in the nearby field. The passenger side door did not close and Salcedo eventually fell from the vehicle as Vega circled the hayfield.
The first time he swerved, Salcedo narrowly missed being hit by the car. After returning to the vehicle for the second time, he was thrown out the open door again, but this time Vega ran over him.
Salcedo (pictured) fell from the moving vehicle while his friend was doing donuts in a hayfield, and was fatally struck by the car
While formal charges are still pending, Vega faces manslaughter, accidental death or personal injury claims and endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree
Vega was initially arrested shortly after the fatal accident on July 22. Authorities discovered Salcedo’s body a day later
Salcedo was a father of one and leaves behind a son
According to the affidavit, the boy said Salcedo’s pulse felt weak and it looked like he had broken ribs when he and Vega checked on him. The two then drove away from the scene, leaving the father of one in the field.
Later that evening, Tontitown police arrested Vega for public intoxication after an officer saw him running east on U.S. Route 412, according to the affidavit.
Vega acknowledged that a nearby pickup truck belonged to him, but denied driving it.
According to the affidavit, Vega had told the officer that Salcedo had been with him, but said he did not know where he was and that the two had argued before.
Authorities quickly found a missing persons report recently filed for Salcedo with the Centerton Police Department.
Authorities discovered Salcedo’s body a day later, in a field off Phillips Cemetery Road between Highfill and Cave Springs, surrounded by tire tracks.
Vega is scheduled for a arraignment on August 23.
From Thursday to Thursday GoFundMe for Salcedo raised $4,465 from a $20,000 goal. Salcedo leaves behind a son.