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UPDATE: Man arrested after deadly hit-and-run at I-17 & Glendale Avenue

Posted at 10:52 AM, Mar 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-24 15:30:44-04

A man arrested for striking and killing a bicyclist with his car, had four different drugs in his body at the time, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

On March 19 just after 7:30 p.m. Jesus Alfredo Trillo, 29, was exiting northbound Interstate 17 on the Glendale Avenue off-ramp when he struck a bicyclist.

DPS says Trillo fled the scene and was followed by a witness for several miles before eventually re-entering I-17 and crashing on the Dunlap off-ramp at Townley Avenue.

As troopers got on scene, they observed impairment from Trillo and arrested him on multiple charges. The breath test given to him by DPS showed no alcohol in his system, but a blood test told a different story.

The test revealed the presence of THC, opiates, Oxycodone, and Benzodiazepines (a psychoactive drug used to treat a range of conditions, including anxiety and insomnia). DPS says Trillo admitted to smoking marijuana earlier that day and admitted an addiction to Percocet. DPS says they found packets of Suboxone, a drug used to wean users off narcotics, on Trillo when he was arrested.  

DPS says Trillo admitted hitting the victim, saying it was an accident and he was trying to get back to the scene but was unable to do so. DPS also confirmed Trillo was driving on a suspended license.

The bicyclist, identified as 58-year-old Ernest Sherfield of Salome, Arizona later died from his injuries.

Trillo has been charged with Manslaughter, Aggravated DUI, Felony Hit and Run, and Possession of Narcotic Drug.