Phoenix, AZ – Cesar Santos Hit & Killed in Pedestrian Accident on 75th Ave
Phoenix, AZ (January 10, 2021) – A man has died after being hit by a car near 75th Avenue and Indian School Road on Saturday evening.
Per reports from Phoenix Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, officers located a man, later identified as 31-year-old Cesar Santos, in the roadway with life-threatening injuries. When the Phoenix Fire Department arrived on the scene, they pronounced Santos dead.
Witnesses told officers that a vehicle was traveling about 70 miles per hour heading northbound on 75th Avenue when the driver hit a pedestrian crossing the road. Officers later found evidence that the vehicle involved was street racing. They located the driver a short time later and identified them as 20-year-old Alejandro Bautisa. He was booked for manslaughter.
Police were still investigating the pedestrian accident the next morning when a separate crash occurred at the crime scene. A suspected drunk driver crashed through the traffic barricades, injuring two officers. Those officers were taken to a hospital via ambulance but are expected to recover. The driver was arrested for DUI but has not been identified.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Cesar Santos. Our thoughts are with the injured officers in hopes of a full recovery.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Arizona
Per reports from authorities with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona consistently claims a higher pedestrian death rate compared to the rest of the United States. In fact, nearly 300 pedestrians were killed in Arizona in 2017 alone, translating to a dramatic rate of 1.61 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people. With these numbers, Arizona’s pedestrian-fatality rate is more than double the national average, which is only 0.8 per 100,000.
It’s clear that fatal pedestrian accidents are an unfortunately common fact of life in Arizona. When it comes to fatal accidents and pedestrian incidents across the state, victims and families are particularly vulnerable in the aftermath. After a pedestrian accident, victims and families are often left with financial difficulties, long-term physical issues, and emotional trauma. When victims succumb to their injuries, grieving families are left to pick up the pieces. Family members may be forced to deal with expensive medical and funeral expenses in the aftermath of their loved one’s death.
If you have suffered in a pedestrian accident as a result of another driver’s negligence or lost a loved one as a result of a pedestrian accident, contact a Phoenix personal injury attorney to safeguard your legal rights.
We will gladly review the facts of your case and tailor our advice to match the specific needs of your case. Every consultation is free and there is no obligation to retain us. So at worst, you get free advice after you’ve suffered due to an accident that occurred through no fault of your own.
Our attorneys at ELG do not cut corners, and we won’t use intake specialists or a non-attorney to talk or meet with you. We guarantee your consultation will be with one of our experienced injury attorneys that only handle accident matters, so you can feel confident and rest assured that we will answer all your questions.
Our Arizona pedestrian accident attorneys at ELG are dedicated to helping you get the justice you deserve after these unfortunate incidents. Our experienced, highly-skilled injury lawyers in Phoenix have spent years fighting for both victims and their families. Contact us to set up your free consultation at (623) 877-3600 or https://www.ELGphx.com/. We’re here to help you in your time of need.
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Disclaimer: As members of the local Phoenix and broader Arizona community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal advice, and you should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation.