Man killed by driver while sleeping in his home; Man killed on sidewalk after driver goes airborn

Haven’t done one of these for awhile… but they do keep happening. all the time. Seriously?

This one 2023-08-07  8:45AM near 35th Ave and Washington St.

Alleged street racers arrested after pedestrian hit, killed in west Phoenix

… Around 8:45 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, police were dispatched to a collision near 35th Avenue and Washington Street, where officers found Pedro Rodriguez on the road with multiple injuries. He died on the scene, and the driver of the car involved stayed.

Court documents obtained by Arizona’s Family say that two vehicles were street racing when Rodriguez was struck and died. A black Chrysler 300 driven by 22-year-old Deandre Shakur Henry was racing a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by 37-year-old Nathaniel James Meeks, documents say. According to police, the two were reportedly speeding north on 35th Avenue from Lincoln Street when Henry, estimated to be going over 80 miles per hour, hit railroad tracks and went airborne.

This caused Henry to lose control and enter the sidewalk, where the pedestrian was hit and killed, documents say. The Chrysler then swerved back onto the road, where it hit the Chevrolet. Henry then reportedly parked his car at a nearby business and walked back to the scene, but the pickup truck drove away.

Meeks was booked into jail on Aug. 11, while Henry was arrested on Aug. 22. Both face second-degree murder charges.


And this other one 2023-08-23 early morning hours(?)

SUV crashes into south Phoenix home, killing man inside; driver arrested for manslaughter

… Police say 38-year-old Aaron Johns lost control of his SUV near 35th Avenue and Southern, driving straight through the downstairs bedroom. “We were sleeping upstairs, suddenly we heard a big shaking in the house, rushed to see if something had fallen,” said David Perales, Aguirre’s son-in-law.

…Police say Johns was impaired and arrested for manslaughter. Court paperwork later obtained by Arizona’s Family shows Johns blew a .000 but had six signs of intoxication. He was taken for further evaluations where an expert concluded he was impaired.

Will this be a “non-traffic” incident? (it shouldn’t be, as the “unstabilized situation” began on the road, presumably… but you never know.

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