PHOENIX, AZ – A 27-year-old Phoenix Police officer and another man were killed after a suspected drunk driver ran a red light in north Phoenix on Monday night, according to FOX 10 Phoenix and CBS 5 News.
The collision occurred at the traffic light at Greenway Parkway and Cave Creek Road at 10:30 p.m., when 31-year-old Christopher Castro, who may have been under the influence at the time, ran a red light while traveling at a high rate of speed.
Castro collided with 27-year-old Ginarro New’s patrol vehicle, and the impact pushed the police vehicle through a nearby brick wall and into a parking lot.
Castro died as a result of the crash.
New was taken to the hospital, and there, he too succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
Castro’s family believes he may have suffered a medical emergency before the accident, as he was taking medication for seizures.
Phoenix PD is holding a fundraiser tomorrow at the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) headquarters at 1102 W Adams Street from between 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the money going to help New’s family pay for expenses. Donations are also possible at the Phoenix Police Foundation and PLEA websites.
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