Driver in Lake Havasu bridge crash was covering for nephew

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a man was covering up for a relative when he took responsibility for a car crash that damaged Lake Havasu City's London Bridge.

The Today's News-Herald reported Wednesday that Lake Havasu City police have charged 33-year-old Jose Lopez with providing false information to law enforcement.

Sgt. Troy Stirling says authorities got a tip that Lopez's nephew, 20-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez-Mariscal, was driving the truck in the Dec. 12 incident.

Stirling says police have since confirmed it through interviews.

Rodriguez-Mariscal has been charged with hit and run and having no valid driver's license.

Nearly 30 balusters and railing pieces of the bridge that were knocked out by collision have been recovered. Permanent repairs may take months.

The bridge was brought from London in 1968 for approximately $2 million.

Information from: Today's News-Herald,