Phoenix, AZ (September 20, 2019) – Officials from the Phoenix Police Department arrested three men after a hit-and-run collision on Wednesday afternoon.
The hit-and-run wreck happened around 3:30 p.m. at 3500 North 27th Avenue, east of Interstate 17 and northeast of Grand Avenue. The victim of the hit-and-run followed the at-fault driver but was then confronted by the driver, who exited their vehicle and brandished a gun at the victim.
The driver then fled the scene and continued to the area of 1700 West Osborn Road, where he was involved in another minor collision. Phoenix paramedics were at the scene to assist the victim of the accident.
The hit-and-run driver, 17, was eventually apprehended and booked into the Juvenile Corrections Center for aggravated assault and suspicion of theft of means of transportation, according to Sgt. Maggie Cox, spokeswoman for the Phoenix Police Department.
The passengers in the hit-and-run vehicle, Jonny Diaz, 21, and Kevin Valenzuela, 18, were also booked on suspicion of theft of means of transportation, as well as drug-related charges.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
As a result of car accidents across the state, more than 65,000 people are injured each year, with nearly 1,000 deaths resulting from these injuries. Many of these accidents are hit-and-run accidents, where an at-fault driver leaves the scene. Although leaving the scene of an accident in Arizona is illegal, hit-and-run wrecks are on the rise.
Hit-and-run wrecks can leave victims in a tough position. Victims may face serious injuries, financial difficulties, and emotional trauma after a hit-and-run accident. But those affected can seek help from an accident lawyer, and in some cases, seek the fair compensation they deserve after a wreck.
At ELG Law, our skilled team of injury accident lawyers specializes in fighting for victims and their families after they’ve experienced these devastating accidents. Contact our accident attorneys today at (623) 562-3838 to schedule your free consultation.
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