Hit-and-run suspect arrested in good Samaritan case

The man accused of hitting a good Samaritan in Gwinnett County last summer, costing him part of a leg, was arrested Wednesday by U.S. Marshals in North Carolina, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Miguel Sanchez-Cruz, 40, of Charlotte was taken into custody, and his three brothers were arrested Wednesday and booked into the Gwinnett County Jail for allegedly helping to cover up the crash.

Caleb Graves, now 23, was hit while he was was trying to push the vehicle of a stranded driver into the parking lot of a gas station at Brook Hollow Parkway and Center Way in unincorporated Norcross the night of Aug. 21, Gwinnett police said. The motorist who hit Graves fled.

Graves ended up losing part of his left leg, Channel 2 said.

"The first thing I would say [to the driver] is, ‘Look, bro, I forgive you,' " Graves told Channel 2.

Graves was fitted for a prosthesis in February and walked down the aisle for his wedding the next week, the TV station said.

"Me and [my wife] Victoria have been praying for the guy who hit me," Graves said.

Sanchez-Cruz is facing charges that include hit-and-run, serious injury by motor vehicle, reckless driving and open container, police said. Additionally, Channel 2 reported, immigration officials have a warrant for his deportation.

The man's brother Milton Sanchez, the registered owner of the vehicle, filed a police report about 30 minutes after the accident alleging that his vehicle had been stolen, police said.

"There was some covering up of who was driving," Investigator David Hammack of the Gwinnett County Police Department told Channel 2.

Hammack also said that beer containers and an open bottle of gin -- along with a lime and a shot glass -- were found in the vehicle.

Sanchez-Cruz's brothers were arrested for their roles in a cover-up, police said.

Milton Sanchez, 32, of Norcross is charged with filing a false report of a crime and obstruction; Freddy Sanchez-Cruz, 24, also of Norcross, is charged with obstruction and providing a false date of birth to law enforcement; and Orlando Sanchez, 38, whose city of residence was not available, is charged with obstruction, authorities said.