Phoenix police are searching for a missing third vehicle and its driver that left the scene of a fatal three-car accident that occured on Saturday in south Phoenix.
Phoenix Police Department officials reported that at 6:45 a.m., the multiple-car accident was started by 32-year-old Luis Echeverria, who was traveling northbound on 51st Avenue, just south of Broadway Road. As he tried to pass the vehicle in front of him at a high speed, Echeverria lost control, crossing over the center line and into oncoming traffic.
The vehicle he smashed into was being driven by 28-year-old Amy Jo Ranger. The victim was immediately transported to the hospital and died the next day from the severe injuries she sustained in the crash.
Echeverria was taken to the hospital with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.
Police say they are also searching for the driver of a third vehicle that was apparently involved in the incident. This white car, thought to be a Dodge Intrepid or Ford Taurus would have damage to the left front fender.
The hit and run offender is being described as "a female between 25 and 30 years old, possibly Hispanic, wearing a chef-type smock, with reddish-brown hair with blonde streaks and worn in a pony tail."
After being released from the hospital, Echeverria was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on aggravated assault and DUI charges. However, police say that those charges could be bumped up after the death of Ms. Ranger.
This is a terrible tragedy and as a Phoenix car accident attorney, you hate to see an innocent life get taken because of the reckless acts of others. There is never a valid excuse to operate a vehicle while impaired or to leave the scene of an accident.
Our Phoenix car accident law firm offers our condolences to the family members and friends of the victim.
We will update you as more information becomes available on the hit and run suspect.