PD: Suspect was driving 96 MPH one second before deadly Phoenix crash

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Posted at 1:40 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 15:45:20-05

PHOENIX — 23-year-old Elidio Saenz was allegedly traveling 96 miles per hour on Indian School Road one second before he struck a vehicle attempting to make a turn onto 31st Avenue Saturday morning, according to court paperwork.

27-year-old Wilder Uriel Diaz-Gomez and 18-year-old Yahir Uriel-Diaz were both in the other vehicle and died from their injuries in the crash.

According to court paperwork, Saenz told officers that he thought he was driving about 50 miles per hour and was in a rush to get home.

Police say that using the airbag control module on Saenz’s vehicle, it was determined the vehicle was traveling 96 miles per hour 1.1 seconds before the crash, and 78 miles per hour 0.1 seconds before the crash.

Saenz was hospitalized after the crash but has been released. He has now been booked into the Fourth Avenue jail on two counts of manslaughter.