Tempe man charged with first-degree murder after Chandler crash

PHOENIX - A Tempe man accused in the traffic death of an 11-year-old boy two weeks ago has been charged with first-degree murder.

David Wiggins, 30, had his first court appearance Thursday where a judge set his bond at $750,000.

Police say the accident occurred in the early morning hours of October 8 when Wiggins was spotted by officers on Warner Road at Alma School Road and appeared to be driving impaired.

According to court documents, Wiggins ran a red light at McQueen Road then drove left of center to Island Drive in Gilbert and turned north where officers lost sight of him as he "sped through the neighborhood at speed reaching 100 plus."

Wiggins curved back to Warner Road where he failed to stop for a red light at McQueen Road, colliding with another vehicle. Police said at this point officers were not following Wiggins, but had set up a perimeter looking for him.

Wiggins struck a vehicle with a father and two young sons.

Court documents state that 7-year-old Christopher Katseros and 11-year-old Alexander Katseros both sustained serious injuries.

Police said Alexander died later in the day from his injuries.

The boys' father, Greg Katseros, was treated at the hospital and released.

Wiggins was also injured.

According to court documents, Wiggins got out of his vehicle after the collision and tried to hide from officers. He reportedly became combative as they tried to provide aid and took "aggressive swings" at the officers.

Officers reportedly struggled with Wiggins to gain control for rescue personnel to treat him for his injuries.

Court documents state that Wiggins had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and had slurred speech and watery bloodshot eyes.

During Thursday's court hearing a state attorney noted that Wiggins' blood alcohol level was .235 and there was amphetamine in his system.

Wiggins faces charges of first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and unlawful flight from law enforcement.

Wiggins told the judge he has an attorney. His next court hearing is set for October 26.
 

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