SCSO recruit arrested for deadly hit-and-run


Hunter Queen, 24, is charged with the murders of Jessika Cavazos and Derrick Cross

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Nearly a year after the deaths of 37-year-old Derrick Cross and 34-year-old Jessika Cavazos, a man has been charged with their murders.

Memphis police arrested 24-year-old Hunter Queen Thursday afternoon for the deadly hit-and-run.

He was a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputy recruit, and was arrested while at the department’s training academy.

Queen is charged with two counts of murder, reckless homicide, and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury/death.

Police say he was driving a 2005 Dodge 2500 pick-up truck on August 18, 2013, when he hit Cross and Cavazos on I-40 eastbound near Warford.

Four days after the crash, authorities revealed Cavazos and Cross were standing outside their disabled vehicle, which was parked in the north median lane, when another vehicle hit them. At the time, police described the hit-and-run vehicle as possibly a white, four-door, Toyota pick-up truck.

The Sheriff’s Department confirms Queen was not a recruit at the time of the incident.

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