On March 7, 2020 at 2:20 AM the Chambersburg Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2004 Honda in the area of 401 S. Main St for driving without headlights. After the officer initiated the traffic stop, while utilizing his emergency lights and sirens, the vehicle began to flee from the police. The officer immediately chose to terminate the vehicle pursuit as the suspect vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. Several minutes later officers located the vehicle on E. McKinley St. at S. Coldbrook Ave. The vehicle had left the roadway and crashed into the corner of 540 S. Coldbrook Ave. Rinaldi Herrera-Moran, 33 years old, was located in the back seat of the vehicle. He had sustained multiple injuries and was flown to a hospital for treatment. The front seat passenger, Evelyn Falcon, 60 years old, was located laying in the side yard of 540 S. Coldbrook Ave., after she was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Falcon was pronounced deceased by the Franklin County Coroner’s Office. The driver, Ramiro Federico Mendoza-Sales, 25 years old, had fled from the vehicle on foot. A K9 was utilized to track Ramiro to a neighboring property. Ramiro had sustained injury to his legs and was flown to a hospital for treatment.
The Chambersburg Police Major Accident Reconstruction Team responded and investigated the crash. After an investigation, it was found the Honda was traveling approximately 60 mph at the point of the crash. Ramiro was found to be under the influence of alcohol and/or controlled substances.
On March 11, 2020 Ramiro was taken into custody and charged with Murder of the Third Degree, Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Police, Accidents Involving Death while not Properly Licensed, Homicide by Vehicle, Aggravated Assault by Vehicle, Involuntary Manslaughter and several summary violations. Ramiro was arraigned by District Judge David Plum and bail was denied.