According to Peoria Police Spokesman Jay Davies, three (3) people were killed and one (1) person was injured in an accident involving multiple vehicles in Peoria on Saturday morning at approximately 3 a.m. The accident occurred at the intersection of 107th Avenue and Northern when two (2) passengers in a Chevy S-10 pickup truck ran a red light and collided with a Ford F-250 pickup truck carrying one (1) passenger. Both of the trucks then struck another vehicle: a Ford Mustang carrying a male passenger in his 50’s. Officer Davies said the accident caused the trucks to catch fire. According to Officer Davies, the three (3) passengers of the pickup trucks were pronounced dead at the scene, but the driver of the Mustang was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Although Police are investigating whether the accident was a result of impaired driving, Officers Davies said “Because of the condition of the bodies, we may never know that.”
Under Arizona law, a person involved in an alcohol-related car accident that results in the death of another may be charged with negligent homicide, manslaughter or second-degree murder depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident. According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1102, “A person commits negligent homicide if with criminal negligence the person causes the death of another person . . . .” According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1103, “A person commits manslaughter by: (1) recklessly causing the death of another person . . . .” Finally, according to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1104, “A person commits second-degree murder if without premeditation . . . (3) Under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life, the person recklessly engages in conduct that creates a grave risk of death and thereby causes the death of another person . . . .” Under Arizona law, negligent homicide is a Class 4 felony that can result in imprisonment for up to 3.75 years in prison for the first offense, manslaughter is a Class 2 Felony that can result in imprisonment for up to 12.5 years for the first offense, and second-degree murder is a Class 1 Felony that can result in imprisonment for up to twenty-two (22) years for the first offense.
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