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Driver sentenced to prison for fatal Scottsdale crash

Court information present a jury not too long ago convicted Ramon Carrasco, 25, of manslaughter for a crash in Scottsdale three years in the past.

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A 25-year-old man convicted of manslaughter for inflicting an alleged avenue racing crash in 2019 has been sentenced to prison. 

Ramon Carrasco, who was discovered responsible final month in Maricopa County Superior Court, was sentenced final week to eight years within the Arizona Department of Corrections, public information present.

The defendant was additionally given 5 years in DOC for aggravated assault, a sentence that can run concurrent to the manslaughter offense.

Carrasco’s expenses stem from a fatal crash in Scottsdale that killed 68-year-old Cynthia Ann Fisher. 

At the time of the incident, police mentioned Carrasco was racing one other driver when his car smashed into Fisher’s automotive. Carrasco sustained minor accidents and was shortly booked into jail for second-degree homicide and aggravated assault expenses. 

Witnesses advised police Carrasco and one other driver revved up their engines at a cease gentle earlier than they allegedly sped off onto Hayden Road, in accordance to the Arizona Republic.

The jury acquitted Carrasco of second-degree homicide however discovered him responsible of manslaughter. 

The different driver, recognized as 62-year-old Robert Foster, was additionally charged for his alleged involvement within the fatal crash. Police mentioned in 2019 that the motorists had been allegedly driving over 100 mph earlier than the collision. 

The defendants have tried to dispute the notion they’d deliberate to race one another by means of Scottsdale however the court docket discovered that the proof recommended in any other case, information present. 

“It is the timing and manor of the Defendants alleged actions both prior to the collision and after that would arguably demonstrate the alleged racing,” a Maricopa County choose wrote in a ruling earlier than Carrasco’s trial.

Carrasco was notably not sentenced to prison for a street racing offense, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor for first-time offenders.

Foster’s trial was interrupted earlier this year due to the defendant’s medical situation and his legal case seems to stay pending, court docket information present. 

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Deaths on Arizona roads 

Data from the Arizona Department of Transportation exhibits that roadway fatalities have been step by step rising in Arizona over the past decade: 

  • 2011: 825 deaths  
  • 2012: 821 deaths 
  • 2013: 844 deaths 
  • 2014: 774 deaths 
  • 2015: 895 deaths 
  • 2016: 952 deaths 
  • 2017: 1,000 deaths 
  • 2018: 1,010 deaths 
  • 2019: 982 deaths 
  • 2020: 1,057 deaths

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