Deadly Crash at West Valley Bus Stop

Late last month at 6:30 in the morning, three people were boarding a bus at 67th Avenue and Indian School Road when a driver heading west on Indian School Road lost control of his truck, crossed the center line and careened into them.

Tragically, one man, Jesus Antonio Martinez Chavez, 47 years-old, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by emergency crews.  Another 43-year-old man was taken to a local hospital where he died during surgery.  Fortunately, a 36-year-old man at the bus stop was able to dodge the truck and received only minor injuries.

Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department, stated the driver of the Nissan truck, 43-year-old Raymond Barela, was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  According to Sgt. Crump, Barela may have been under the influence of drugs when he crashed his truck into the bus stop.  “He has admitted some drug use to our officers from last night,” said Crump.

This is not Barela’s first brush with the law as he was driving on a suspended license.  He now faces two counts of manslaughter, one count of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated DUI.

An arrest for driving under the influence can be a shocking as well as a confusing experience. It is essential when charged with a DUI, to immediately enlist the assistance of an experienced, aggressive Phoenix criminal defense attorney.  An experienced DUI lawyer will answer your questions, give you guidance and build a strong defense to protect your rights.

Original story found here.

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