Heath Soccer Standout Linked to Juvenile Arrest
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - The Paducah Sun reports that there may be a link between the absence of Edgar Yanez from Heath High School's soccer team and the Tuesday arrest of a juvenile on charges related to a fatal crash on June 20.
The Sun cites accident reports related to insurance claims from the crash that killed 34-year-old Ezra Moffett, Jr., who was driving a delivery van for their paper. While the driver's name and his passenger were marked through because they are juveniles, the investigator named Virginia Yanez of Paducah as the person who owned insurance on the Hummer that struck Moffett's vehicle.
Several people associated with the Heath Soccer program told Sun reporters that Edgar Yanez was often seen driving a Hummer to soccer events. When asked by the paper, Tim Oltman, the team's coach, referred questions to Principal Jon Raid. Reid then referred questions to the school board, and Superintendent Nancy Waldrop refused to comment. Eventually, a school board spokesperson replied, saying that the school district is not allowed to divulge the information the newspaper requested.
The Sun reported that Yanez started every game for the Pirates until Thursday, when he was conspicuously absent from their game against Reidland, and missed being recognized at Senior Night ceremonies.
The teen arrested Tuesday is charged with murder, DUI, first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, and driving without a license.
Several witnesses reported that immediately prior to the wreck, the Hummer was speeding, and driving in a reckless manner, swerving from lane to lane. Several drivers told officers that they had almost been hit by the Hummer prior to the crash.
Detectives had to obtain a search warrant to obtain blood and urine samples of the teen, as he refused to voluntarily provide them.
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