Although a 24-year-old man initially told police that he was abusing drugs before a hit-and-run accident that left a police officer fatality, he later recanted and said he was sleeping when the accident happened. However, a video recording caught him on tape, and he was arrested for manslaughter and leaving the scene of the hit-and-run accident early in the morning on May 19. The Phoenix police officer, 29, was working on the west side of the city when he was killed.
A friend of the accused man said that they were partying together just before the accident. The friend said that the man and another friend got in the vehicle and left. After the hit-and-run, the afternoon of the same day, a police officer in another jurisdiction arrested him for drug possession after he saw the vehicle that he suspected was involved in the wreck. Another law enforcement officer also said he saw the accused man driving about an hour and a half after the crash.
Once authorities located the video tapes, they placed him at the crime scene and charged him in the officer’s death. When they examined his vehicle, they found further evidence that connected him to the crime and matched DNA from the vehicle to the deceased officer. The accused man explained the vehicle damage by saying that he was driving his SUV in the desert. However, he denied that he had anything to do with the accident. Immigration authorities placed a hold on the accused man because he didn’t attend a previous court date.
After the police officer lost his life in a hit-and-run accident, the responsible party was arrested and faces criminal charges. A personal injury attorney might be able to help the loved ones of the officer in pursuing civil action against the accused man and hold him financially responsible for the officer’s death, in addition to the criminal charges.
Source: AZ Central, “Details emerge in hit-run that killed Phoenix officer,” JJ Hensley, June 4, 2013