Phoenix, AZ – Wilder Diaz-Gomez & Yahir Uriel-Diaz Killed in Car Crash at Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ (December 26, 2020) – Officers with the Phoenix Police Department say that a driver accused of causing a deadly accident in Phoenix on Saturday has been arrested for manslaughter.
Phoenix police say that 23-year-old Elidio Saenz was speeding while driving his Chrysler 300 westbound on Indian School Road on Saturday morning. He then collided with a Toyota Scion, whose driver was attempting to turn left onto 31st Avenue.
Court records indicate that investigators determined that Saenz’s car was traveling 96 miles per hour before the crash. He did attempt to slow down by pressing his brakes before the crash, causing his speed to drop to 78 miles per hour at the time of impact. Saenz told officers that he was in a rush to get home when the crash happened.
The two people traveling in the Toyota Scion have now been identified. The 27-year-old driver, Wilder Uriel Diaz-Gomez, and his 18-year-old passenger, Yahir Uriel-Diaz, were both taken to the hospital via ambulance in extremely critical condition. The victims died at the hospital.
Saenz was also taken to a hospital with serious injuries but he was released on Sunday afternoon. After his release, he was arrested by detectives for two counts of manslaughter.
The accident remains under investigation at this time.
Our deepest condolences go out to the families of Wilder Uriel Diaz-Gomez and Yahir Uriel-Diaz.
Fatal Car Accidents in Arizona
Over the last several years, Arizona had one of the highest rates of multi-vehicle crashes in the nation, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. In fact, Arizona had one of the highest fatality rates in the country as a result of multi-car crashes in 2016 alone, going on to record several hundred deaths by the end of the year.
By the end of each calendar year for the past decade, almost 1,000 fatalities have been seen statewide as a result of these serious car accidents. It’s clear that when it comes to these crashes, victims and their families are paying a steep price as a result of other drivers’ negligence.
Whether it’s painful long-term injuries and trauma or even emotional distress and financial insecurity that may last for years to come, wrecks result in tragic consequences for both victims and their families. Occasionally, fatal accidents leave victims’ grieving families to pick up the pieces in the aftermath. Thankfully, those affected can seek help from a Phoenix personal injury lawyer, especially if they’ve been involved in an accident that occurred as a result of the negligent actions of another driver.
At ELG, our skilled team of Arizona injury accident lawyers specializes in fighting for victims and their families.
In fact, at ELG, when we represent a client and an adverse insurance company asks us to allow for a recorded statement from our client, 99% of the time the answer is a definitive no! Our recommendation is to tell them you will seek out counsel first, then call us at ELG. 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. At ELG, we do not cut corners and use intake specialists or a non-attorney to talk or meet with you.
Our skilled Arizona injury lawyers at ELG are ready to answer your call and have years of experience in helping victims and their families. Contact our accident attorneys available valley-wide in Arizona today at (623) 877-3600 or https://www.ELGphx.com to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
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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.