Suspect in Walmart smoke device case dies in car crash

Suspect in Walmart smoke device case dies in car crash

YUMA, Ariz. – The man suspected of setting off a homemade smoke device inside a Yuma Walmart mid-January is dead.

Yuma Police Department (YPD) Officials say Nicholas Saner died in a car crash in Sierra Blanca, Texas a week after the Walmart incident. Officers say Saner was a passenger in a car pursued by a federal agency, when the driver of that car crashed into a semi-truck killing Saner.

Police say they began investigating Saner when they were called out to the Walmart on Avenue B after a fire inside the store was reported. Investigators allege Saner was the person responsible for setting off the smoke device in an attempt to shoplift.

Saner’s body was identified in the Texas crash  after being finger-printed.

Officials say the Walmart case is now closed due to his death.


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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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