CLINTON — An arrest warrant has been issued in connection with an Aug. 30 fatal hit-and-run crash in Clinton. police announced Thursday.
A release from the Clinton Police Department states a warrant for homicide by vehicle, a Class C felony, has been issued for Eddie L. Crout Jr., 28. Police say Crout was the driver of the vehicle that struck Emiliano D. Barrios, 42, in the 700 block of Sixth Avenue South around 9:30 p.m. that night. The suspect vehicle later was located abandoned after crashing into a tree at Sixth Avenue South and Eighth Street.
The press release issued Thursday also states that Samantha J. Spadaro, 34, 121 25th Ave. North, No. 8, was arrested Wednesday for providing false reports to a public safety entity, a serious misdemeanor, in connection with the accident. Spadaro was the registered owner of the vehicle that struck Barrios, police say.
Spadaro is charged with one count of making a false report of indictable offense to a public entity. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Oct. 8.
According to the affidavit, at 10:38 p.m. Aug. 30, about an hour after the accident, an officer responded to the Clinton Police Department for a report of a stolen vehicle. Spadaro reported her 2007 white Chevrolet Impala had been stolen from her residence by someone unknown. This is the vehicle that was involved in the fatal hit-and-run accident, police said. An officer noticed a substance consistent with blood on Spadaro’s cell phone and there was suspected blood visible in plain sight inside the offending vehicle, the court affidavit states. The officer secured the cell phone and applied for and was granted a search warrant for the cell phone contents and suspected blood.
The affidavit continues that an examination of the cell phone revealed several potential leads to the fatal hit-and-run investigation. Spadaro’s mother was interviewed and, according to police, the mother said that at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 30, she received a phone call from Crout.
The mother said that during the phone call, Crout admitted to being involved in an accident with Spadaro’s vehicle and needed to be picked up. The mother said she drove to Spadaro’s residence and told Spadaro that Crout was trying to find a ride after an accident in her vehicle. The mother said she stayed with her grandchild at the residence while Spadaro took her vehicle to locate Crout. The mother said Spadaro brought Crout back to the residence later that night, court records state.
“While together, Samantha decided to report her vehicle stolen,” the affidavit states.
The mother said Spadaro knew Crout was driving her vehicle and was involved in the accident. The mother gave Spadaro and Crout a ride to her residence.
The affidavit states that an individual said that at approximately 9:30 p.m. Aug. 30, they received a call from Crout, who needed a ride after he was involved in an accident. The individual said he could not give Crout a ride because he did not have a vehicle. The individual received a ride to the residence of Spadaro’s mother, where he saw Crout, Spadaro and Spadaro’s mother. Crout told the individual at the residence that he was involved in an accident with a tree, and that the windshield fell down on him.
The affidavit continues that a phone interview was conducted with a man who admitted that at 9:54 p.m. Aug. 30, he received a phone call from Crout, who said he was involved in an accident and needed to be picked up. The man said he did not pick up Crout and has not talked to him since that time.
The affidavit states that through an interview with Spadaro’s mother, it was determined Spadaro knew Crout had her vehicle at the time of the accident and filed a false stolen vehicle report with the Clinton Police Department. It was also determined Crout had possession of Spadaro’s cell phone during the time of the hit and run crash, court records state. It determined Crout made calls from Spadaro’s cell phone to get a ride after he was involved in the accident.