Woman shot, killed along SR-51 asked 911 for help as she was chased on freeway

Posted at 12:32 PM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 09:28:09-04

A woman who was fatally shot on a Phoenix freeway made nervous pleas for help to a 911 operator as she was chased by three men in a pickup truck.

A transcript of Dinya Farmer's call to the 911 operator was released Monday, nearly two weeks after the 49-year-old was attacked while driving on State Route 51.

A driver, who doesn't want to be identified, witnessed the shooting says he noticed the truck driving erratically before the shooting occurred.

"I saw the truck was weaving back and forth through traffic...driving kinda crazy," the driver said. "That's when the gunshots went off. It was like you heard a 'pow.' It scared me and I hit the brake and then I heard two more pows." 

Farmer died at a hospital after she crashed in a freeway median on Sept. 7. No arrests have been made in her death.

"Her car hit the wall pretty hard and she just kept riding the wall," the driver said. "Then, when I approached the vehicle I could see the bullets that had went in the vehicle." 

So traumatized by the incident, that driver is now seeking therapy. 

Police are still trying to determine the motive behind the attack.

Investigators have said the circumstances of the shooting don't point to random violence or a traffic dispute.

The truck was described as having a ladder rack and a tool box.