Sidewalk driver accused of murder in a ‘random act of violence’

A driver drove up on the sidewalk and killed a woman and injured her child near 41st St and Jomax, Phoenix.

Police describe the incident as murder, and a ‘random act of violence’. Quite.

Police: Driver intentionally ran over wife, daughter of MCSO deputy in Phoenix

PHOENIX – Phoenix police said a 45-year-old man intentionally drove his truck onto a sidewalk and hit a woman and an 11-year-old girl Wednesday night near 41st Street and Jomax Road.
According to police, after hitting the woman and child, Trent Ferree backed up his truck and hit the woman a second time. He struck the woman again before witnesses pulled him from his truck and held him for police…

Police said evidence shows it was a random act of violence and the victims were not targeted because of their relation to Deputy Sgt. Chervenak.
Ferree attempted to strike two others walking in the neighborhood earlier in the night, police said.
According to police, Ferree will be booked for one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.


Crash Report(?)

Stats watchers: note that fatal traffic incidents that are known or thought to be suicides don’t “count” as traffic fatality. I wonder if such a rule exists for incidents known to be intentional? There is a crash defined in PBCAT for it, though:  110,  Assault with Vehicle / The driver intentionally struck the pedestrian with the vehicle.

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