PCSO: 1 killed in fiery crash; driver tried to bribe Pinal deputies

 

Pinal County investigators said a 21-year-old man was driving this car when it wrecked and killed a 27-year-old woman who was trapped inside. (Photo: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Pinal County investigators said a 21-year-old man was driving this car when it wrecked and killed a 27-year-old woman who was trapped inside. (Photo: Pinal County Sheriff’s Office)

That looks like it used to be a very fast car…. Pinal County investigators think alcohol might have been involved (incident Sunday? 3/1/2015 11:26p):

Investigators said Joseph Wilson, 21, was speeding westbound on Sun Dance Drive at 11:25 p.m., Sunday when he lost control of his car, drove into the desert, ran over a fence and rolled over, officials said.
A woman was trapped inside the vehicle when it came to rest and caught on fire near Sun Dance Drive and Wardance Circle, investigators said.
Wilson’s 27-year-old passenger was found dead when the fire fighters extinguished the flames, according to deputies…
Wilson first identified himself to officers as Joseph Thompson but later admitted his name was Joseph Wilson… Wilson then pulled out a “wad of cash” and attempted to hand it to the deputy and said, “It doesn’t have to be like this,” according to deputies… A witness at the scene reported that Wilson had been drinking at a San Tan bar and was giving the woman a ride home, officials said. –azcentral.com

This was no accident, and the news report doesn’t utter the a-word even once; ongoing congratulations to the Arizona Republic, reporter Allison Gargaro, and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office for eschewing the a-word.

trivalleycentral.com mentions “Wilson told the deputy he uses ‘102 Octane Racing Fuel’ in his 1965 Ford Roadster”

Sheriff Paul Babeu issued a strong statement, “While Joseph Wilson may have thought his car was the most important thing in his life, he will soon realize his decision to get behind the wheel of his vehicle while impaired by alcohol and causing a crash, which claimed the life of his passenger will be the worst decision he could have made. Earlier today, Wilson was booked into the Maricopa County Jail for Manslaughter, Bribery and False Reporting to a Law Enforcement Agency. Alcohol impaired crashes are completely avoidable. If you’re going to drink have a designated driver.”

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