A Phoenix man faces a reckless manslaughter charge after allegedly driving impaired and striking a pedestrian along a county road in the west Glendale area, according to records.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area of El Mirage Road and Maryland Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for a pedestrian collision.
According to records, Brandon Michael Williams, 28, was driving northbound when his vehicle crossed the median and ran off the west side of the road, striking 74-year-old Donald Smith. Authorities pronounced Mr. Smith dead at the scene.
Witnesses told deputies Mr. Williams was running back and forth from his vehicle after the collision. He was taken to Glendale hospital for glass fragments in his eyes, records show.
He reportedly blew a 0.119 BAC, telling officials he had drank whiskey prior to leaving his mother’s home. He also smoked oxycodone earlier in the day, records state.
Mr. Williams said he was on his way to a friend’s house to sell CDs. He did not see what his vehicle hit and told deputies his vehicle swerved upon impact.
Officials learned he was arrested May 1 for extreme DUI and aggravated DUI for having a minor under 15 in his vehicle.
Mr. Williams was jailed without bond with court dates May 22 through 24.
Independent Newsmedia reached out to MCSO for a possible identification of the pedestrian.
A Governors Highway Safety Association study found that Arizona had 1.61 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people for the first half of 2017.
That’s the highest rate in the country and nearly double the national average — a rate of .81 pedestrian deaths for every 100,000 people.