1 DEAD, 2 HELD AFTER COLLISIONS

SAVANNAH, GA. (February 28, 2014): Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) officers of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are investigating a five-vehicle pile-up that killed a Savannah man late Thursday night.

Jose E. Cuervo III, 26, was killed instantly when the 2008 Nissan Sentra he was driving collided with a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe on Islands Expressway just west of Highway 80 about 10:30 p.m. A third vehicle was struck by debris from the collision. Two others collided behind the crash.

Two occupants of the Tahoe, Randall L. Caruthers II, 30, and Kenneth R. Rosen, 23, were detained by Metro Police. Caruthers was transported to Memorial University Medical Center after complaining of ailments after the crash. Each told police the other was driving.

A 65-year-old Townsend, GA, man escaped injury when the 2006 Scion XA he was driving was struck by debris. A 58-year-old Savannah woman was transported for reports of pain after the 2007 Ford Mustang she was driving struck a Hyundai Sonata that had stopped for the crash. The 24-year-old woman driving the Sonata was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The Tahoe had been traveling west bound on Islands Expressway when the driver lost control and crossed the median, striking the eastbound Nissan. The other vehicles were eastbound behind the Nissan.

MAIT continues to investigate to identify the driver of the Tahoe. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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