Red light running, gunplay, road rage, DUI suspected, felony flight. Oh my.
Sunday 2/15/2015 ~ 9:30pm I-17 / Thunderbird Rd, Phoenix
Victim: Constance Swenson
Suspects: Dustin Sommerfield and Christina Moses
Phoenix police: Woman killed by red-light runner
A woman died Sunday after an SUV police had tried to stop in an earlier road-rage incident struck her vehicle, Phoenix police said Monday.
Constance Swenson, 48, was driving a Dodge Neon south on the Interstate 17 offramp at Thunderbird Road when a Lincoln SUV, heading west on Thunderbird Road, ran a red light and struck her car at about 9:30 p.m., Phoenix police Sgt. Vince Lewis said. The woman was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. A passenger in another car involved in the collision was not injured, Lewis said.
Police had tried to stop the SUV about 35 minutes earlier in a separate road-rage incident, Lewis said. He said an SUV passenger at the time, later identified as 27-year-old Dustin Sommerfield, reportedly pointed a handgun at another driver.
Police tried to stop the SUV, but the driver fled, Lewis said. Police began to pursue the SUV, but then stopped the chase, he said. Phoenix Police Department policy leaves it up to the officer whether to pursue a suspect fleeing in a vehicle.
From there, Lewis said 34-year-old Christina Moses switched places with Sommerfield, who took over driving the SUV.
The SUV was near 19th Avenue and Thunderbird Road when Sommerfield reportedly turned off his headlights as he drove toward I-17, where he collided with the Neon at the underpass, police said.
Lewis said police suspect Sommerfield and Moses were impaired. Sommerfield was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, and Moses was arrested on suspicion of felony flight and driving under the influence.