Pedestrian killed in police officer-involved accident in Glendale

GLENDALE, AZ - Authorities say a pedestrian was killed after being struck by a vehicle in Glendale Saturday afternoon.

Glendale police Sgt. Jay O'Neill said a police officer in a marked vehicle was also involved in the crash at 67th and Glendale avenues. The officer has been identified as Howard Cody.

O'Neill said Cody was responding to a non-emergency call around 2:15 p.m. when the accident happened. There was no indication the officer was responding with lights and siren at the time.

O'Neill said a van being driven by Robert Escobedo turned in front of the officer, hitting the patrol car, running up onto the southwest corner sidewalk where it struck two pedestrians, a male and a female. Escobedo is a Glendale resident in his 30s, O'Neill said Saturday night.

The female was thrown into the parking lot of a nearby business where she was hit by a vehicle driven by Teresa Dotten, also a Glendale resident, O'Neill said. The female pedestrian was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

Authorities identified the woman Sunday as Dorothy Cochran, a Glendale resident in her 60s.

The male pedestrian, identified as Elmer Hicks, a Glendale resident in his 60s, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to O'Neill.

The driver of the van was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Cody, whose patrol car struck another vehicle after the first collision, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, O'Neill said. He said Cody is a 5-year veteran of the department.

Maria Wright, the female driver in the vehicle struck by Cody's car, was not injured.

O'Neill said the name of the deceased woman will not be released until family members have been notified.

The intersection was closed for almost eight hours while police investigated and cleared the scene.

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