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Slain rancher’s widow hit by vehicle, hospitalized

The widow of the Arizona rancher whose death became a flashpoint in the state’s immigration debate remains hospitalized in serious condition after being struck by a vehicle.

Authorities say 56-year-old Miriam Susan “Sue” Krentz was helping an older friend across the street after a church service Saturday night in Douglas when both were struck by a vehicle.

Douglas police say Krentz and 79-year-old Shirley Gregory are in serious condition at University Medical Center in Tucson. They say both women suffered non life-threatening injuries and are expected to recover.

The vehicle’s driver remains in the Cochise County Jail on $5,000 bond. Authorities say 66-year-old Ramon Parra Saucedo of Douglas is being held on suspicion of DUI, two counts of endangerment and two counts of aggravated assault.

Krentz’s husband, rancher Rob Krentz, was found dead in March on the couple’s land in southeastern Arizona. Authorities believe he was fatally shot by an illegal immigrant possibly connected to a drug smuggling cartel.

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