Arizona Commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer proclaimed April 22-28 to be Arizona Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Arizona joins a nationwide effort to recognize individuals in communities throughout the country who advocate on behalf of crime victims and their families. The Governor’s proclamation was delivered at a luncheon ceremony held this week at the State Capitol.
Since the victims’ rights movement began more than thirty years ago, thirty-two states, including Arizona, now have constitutional amendments guaranteeing victims’ rights. The movement helps victims address physical and emotional wounds, costly financial burdens, and the hostility they frequently endure throughout the criminal justice process.
“With this proclamation, I continue to ensure as one of my missions that Arizona has a criminal justice system that is focused on justice, public safety and the rights of crime victims. I remain daily inspired to extend that vision to reach every victim throughout Arizona,” said Governor Brewer.
The ceremony at the State Capitol featured an address by noted victim advocate Heather Grossman, who survived an attempted murder by her ex-husband. Today Heather serves as a consultant to the Office for Victims of Crime in the U.S. Department of Justice.
Frank Hinds, whose advocacy led to the enactment of “Jennifer’s Law” in Arizona, was honored with the Governor’s “Triumph over Tragedy” award. “Jennifer’s Law” was named after Hinds’ 17-year-old daughter who was killed in 1997 by a motorist running a red light. The law charges red light runners as criminals and provides for penalties which include jail, driver’s license suspension, community service and restitution to victims’ families.
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Casa Grande Car Crash Kills Four
On May 2, 2012, at 12:59 AM, a single vehicle crash was reported, which resulted in the deaths of four people believed to be illegal aliens.
The driver of a 2001 Dodge Durango, lost control and crashed through a residential yard at Third Avenue and Florence Street in Casa Grande. No one in the home was injured.
Casa Grande Police had been notified earlier that two vehicles might be carrying undocumented aliens. Homeland Security and Border Control were following both vehicles at the time of the crash, but they were not in pursuit..
At the crash, agents found a total of eleven occupants. One occupant was ejected from the vehicle. Three occupants were dead at the scene and eight occupants were taken to nearby hospitals and medical centers where one of the occupants died later from injuries received in the crash.
The driver of the Durango, Angela Celaya Gonzalez, age 29, of Eloy, lost control of the vehicle as she tried to make a turn. She was taken into custody after her release from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix on Tuesday morning. Gonzalez was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix and was charged with four counts of second-degree murder. Her bond is set at $2 million. She was transported to Pinal County Jail later that day.
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Alcohol, lack of car seat leads to fatal crash, police say
Not wearing seatbelts likely led to the death of a child and injuries to two adults, Phoenix police say.
A 19-year-old, unlicensed driver of a white sedan was heading north on 37th Avenue near Elm Street in Phoenix on April 30 when the driver tried to pass a vehicle, police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump told The Arizona Republic. The sedan the 19-year-old was driving crashed head-on into a pickup truck being driven in the southbound lane of 37th Avenue, Crump said.
The driver of the sedan and his passengers, a 21-year-old female and her 5-year-old son, Angel Alvarez, were sent to the hospital about 8 a.m., Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Jorge Enriquez said.
Angel was not breathing when paramedics arrived, and he later died at a trauma center, Enriquez said. Police said the child hit the dashboard during the collision. The mother suffered serious injuries. The driver of the car is in critical condition but is expected to survive, Crump said.
The driver of the sedan may have been intoxicated at the time of the fatal crash, Crump said. The driver is expected to face charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault.
Even though the sedan had properly functioning child restraints in the back seat, Crump said, police believe Angel may have been in the front seat and unrestrained.
The driver of the pickup was wearing a seatbelt and was not seriously injured.
Neither the driver’s nor the woman’s names were released.