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Man charged in fatal bus stop crash claims car cut him off

LAS VEGAS -- The man charged in a bus stop crash that killed a woman and her granddaughter claims he was forced onto the sidewalk after another car cut in front of him, according to his arrest report.

Leonardo Ruesga, 20, is accused of driving up onto the sidewalk near the bus stop on Sahara Avenue and Maryland Parkway on March 30 killing Maria Garcia, 58, her granddaughter, Alyssa Aisa, 6, and injuring an 18-month-old girl in a stroller.

Ruesga and his 15-year-old female passenger ditched the car in a nearby neighborhood and ran toward some apartments. A witness told police she had seen the two enter an apartment. Police discovered them hiding in an upstairs closet, the report said.

Following his arrest, Ruesga told police he was cut off by a black Honda which forced him to apply his brakes and lose control of the car.

According to the arrest report, he said it happened so fast he did not know what happened when he hit the people. He told police he was scared and drove away from the scene.

Ruesga admitted to police he smoked marijuana prior to the crash, telling the officer, "you know, weed, bro," the report said.