Wrong-way driver identified after crash that killed Mesa Police Officer Brandon Mendoza

TEMPE, AZ - Authorities have released the name of a wrong-way driver killed in a head-on collision that also fatally injured an off-duty Mesa police officer.

Raul Silva Corona, 42, had been driving the vehicle that struck Officer Brandon Mendoza who was driving home from work early Monday morning.

Silva's cause of death has been determined to be an accident and caused by blunt force injury, the medical examiner said.

Corona reportedly drove his car on the wrong side of traffic for approximately 30 miles in 22 minutes.

DPS officers say they attempted to stop the vehicle multiple times, but were unable to make a successful stop.

Toxicology reports have not yet been released.

Corona's friends and family say he was a landscaper. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

The Department of Homeland Security is looking into whether or not Corona has had any contact with Immigration Customs and Enforcement.

Officer Mendoza died at the hospital Monday morning.

Mesa Sgt. Tony Landato said a candlelight vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at Mesa Police Department Headquarters at 130 N. Robson. Police Chief Milstead is expected to speak at the event.
 

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