PHOENIX - A 66-year-old man died Saturday afternoon after being dragged by a car driven by a man who police believe was under the influence of alcohol.
Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Jesus Jimenez ,66, was driving an orange Toyota Scion southbound on 19th Avenue when he was rear ended by a white Nissan Altima driven by Isaac Richard Quesada.
Jimenez got out of his car to talk to Quesada and the 20-year-old took off. Jimenez reached inside the car to stop Quesada and was dragged down the street.
Thompson said Quesada continued to drive southbound on 19th Avenue with Jimenez hanging outside the car for another 300 to 400 feet. He ran a red light and collided with a purple Nissan Maxima driving northbound.
After the collision, Quesada and an unidentified Hispanic female riding in his car tried to flee the scene. Witnesses grabbed Quesada and held him until officers arrived. The female passenger was reportedly able to get away.
Jimenez was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The 41-year-old driver of the purple Maxima, her 18-year-old daughter and her 17-month-old granddaughter inside the Maxima suffered minor injuries.
Jimenez's wife, who was riding in the car with him, also suffered non life-threatening injuries.
Thompson said police believe Quesada was under the influence of alcohol.
Court documents show Quesada was arrested for drug charges in 2001. In March of this year, he struck a plea agreement in the case and plead not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. At that time he was placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months, which means he was on probation at the time of Saturday's accident.
Police said Quesada was booked into Maricopa County Jail and is facing charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault, endangerment, assault and hit and run.