Suspect Arrested; Goodyear police seek hit-and-run killer

suspect vehicle located as it is towed from suspect’s residence 2 days after fatal crash

Update: suspect arrested; 44 y.o. Richard Romo. Suspect had a long list of dangerous driving problems, as well as other legal difficulties; previous DUI(s; multiple. aggravated DUI) suspended license (why wasn’t probation revoked last year when he was caught driving?); reckless driving. Much more as situation develops. The suspect, the victim, and the victim’s school are all within 1/2 mile or so of each other. This is in a neighborhood. Disgusting.

4/26/2022 2:45pm;
HIT AND RUN ALERT — suspect vehicle white full-sized Ford pickup; driver killed 13 year old boy on way home from  Estrella Mountain Elementary school in a residential neighborhood near Elliot and Estrella Mountain Parkway, Goodyear.

Info alert from Goodyear PD.

GYPD seek info: A hit & run collision involving a bike occurred approx 2:45pm today area of 182nd Dr. and San Gabriel. Any info call 623-932-1220. Suspect vehicle: white full size Ford Pick Up truck, right front head light damage. Driver Hispanic male wearing L/S orange shirt.

News item:

13-year-old boy riding bicycle dead after hit-and-run in Goodyear

… GOODYEAR, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Police say a 13-year-old boy [Dylan  Buensuceso] has died after a hit-and-run in Goodyear on Tuesday afternoon. The boy was riding his bike after school when he was hit in a neighborhood near Elliot Road and Cotton Lane just before 3 p.m…

List of Suspect’s PAST court cases

possibly incomplete. List available through AZ statewide case lookup; and Maricopa County Justice  or Maricopa County Superior court dockets. Synopsis below unless otherwise noted are charges he was found or plead responsible/guilty to.

  • CR-2005014501 Filing Date: 11/21/2005
    drug paraphernalia. sentence: 18 months probation;  suspended sentence. Felony 6 was changed to a misdemeanor by his petition in 2014.
  • CT-2007141790 Filing Date: 7/20/2007
    Court: White Tank/Estrella Mnt Justice;  traffic; no further info on case lookup.
  • TR2012-124462 File Date: 5/10/2012 Location: Agua Fria Justice Court
    Case Type: Criminal Traffic Case Status: Adjudicated
    28-1381A2 (M) DUI W/BAC OF .08 OR MORE
  • M-0741-5111453 2016, Phoenix municipal court. Filing Date: 11/4/2016
    3RD DEGREE TRESPASS-REAL PROPERTY
  • CT-2017098780 Court: Ironwood Justice; Filing Date: 5/31/2017
    traffic; no further info on case lookup.
  • JC2017-146055 Judge: Keegan, Miles
    File Date: 10/9/2017 Location: Hassayampa Justice Court
    13-1503A (M2) CRIMINAL TRESPASS 2ND DEG
  • TR2017-146577 Judge: Keegan, Miles
    File Date: 10/10/2017 Location: Hassayampa Justice Court
    Case Type: Criminal Traffic Case Status: Adjudicated
    Dismissed on motion of prosecutor — 28-3473A (M) DRIVE W/LIC SUSP/REVOKE/CANC
  • TR-201703338; Goodyear Municipal Filing Date: 12/27/2017 ; DRIVE WITH LICENSE SUSPENDED/REVOKED/CANCELLED
  • CM-2018000199 Court: Avondale Municipal Filing Date: 3/8/2018
    CRIMINAL TRESPASS 2N DEG
  • CR-2018135293 Aggravated DUI Filing Date: 7/19/2018 ; minutes
    sentencing order: 4 months incarceration begin 9/5/2019 then 3 years supervised probation (so probation ends Jan 2024); must surrender drivers license.
  • TR2018-160044 Judge: Cheuvront, Ken
    File Date: 12/11/2018 Location: Encanto Justice Court
    Case Type: Criminal Traffic Case Status: Adjudicated
    28-3473A (M) DRIVE W/LIC SUSP/REVOKE/CANC;  Dismissed on motion of court or defendant.
  • TR-20039394 Category: Criminal
    Court: Tucson Municipal Court Filing Date: 9/22/2020 plead guilty to RECKLESS DRIVING ; other charges dropped (leaving scene; excessive speed, etc)(wasn’t he on probation at the time?
  • TR-20044225  Category: Criminal
    Court: Tucson Municipal Court Filing Date: 10/26/2020
    DRIVE WITH LICENSE SUSPENDED/REVOKED/CANCELLED 11/9/2020 (COMPL DISMISSED BY CTY ATTY)
    DRIVE IN ONE LANE; UNSAFE LANE CHANGE
  • CM-2020001506 Category: Criminal
    Court: Peoria Municipal Filing Date: 11/30/2020
    DRUG PARAPHERNALIA-POSSESS/USE
  • CT2021-060874 Judge: Wismer, Craig
    File Date: 4/13/2021 Location: Arrowhead Justice Court
    Case Type: Civil Traffic Case Status: Adjudicated
    RICHARD CARLOS ROMO 28-701A (T1) SPEED/REASONABLE AND PRUDENT
    28-3151A (T1) NO VALID DRIVER LICENSE
    (why not 28-3473. Driving on a suspended, revoked or canceled license; M1 ?)

so the salient question, i think, is why a convicted felon with a revoked license, on probation for committing a vehicle crime doesn’t get his probation revoked. Either for the reckless driving conviction in Tucson in 2020, or the no-license/speeding in 2021?? Reckless driving and no-license are criminal charges (not just traffic tickets) .

Does probation ever get revoked, see this driver who killed in hit-and-run and drove on probation and w/revoked license?

 

There are now notes on the agg dui conviction dated 5/6/2022 about hearing for probation revocation. Too little too late?

The Hit and run Case

…no charges yet…

History: superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/docket/CriminalCourtCases

Minutes: www.courtminutes.maricopa.gov

 

One thought on “Suspect Arrested; Goodyear police seek hit-and-run killer”

  1. according to this story, the was a 2010 juvenile Pedestrian fatality in “same location” ( at intersection of 182nd and San Gabriel drives https://goo.gl/maps/AXdUjVSfzNNeXpSs9 )
    https://www.yourvalley.net/detail.html?sub_id=ae2b533069
    “Nine-year-old JP Hassman was walking his bike across the street on his way to Estrella Mountain Elementary School when he was struck by a van and thrown 100 feet his father, Jerry Hassman, told The Independent… JP was rushed to Barrow Neurological Institute by helicopter. Unlike the tragic case on Tuesday, JP survived his injuries”

    It is ADOT incident 2441324, 2010-08-24 07:16:00 (someone claimed “sun glare”; sunrise is 5:58; hmmm, seems unlikely)
    Ped southbound/ motorist eastbound. Motorist is most-at-fault; however both units are “no improper action” (unlikely; or rather not possible); location is supposedly IN the intersection; it’s much more likely it was intersection-related, as in in the (unmarked) crosswalk); the nonmotorist location is listed as NOT_reported; the boy’s injury was listed as “not incapacitating injury” which is completely at odds with the reporting; it seems unlikely the crash was treated as a potential crime scene, which it should have been (28-672 ; running over someone in a crosswalk); all in all seems like shoddy report-filling-out.

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