Woman killed in fiery crash involving apparent street racers near 91st Avenue and Indian School Road

Posted at 7:38 AM, May 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-04 20:14:10-04

PHOENIX — Police say a woman is dead after a fiery crash involving two cars that are believed to have been street racing near 91st Avenue and Indian School Road.

The crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. Sunday when an Infiniti struck a Jeep at a high rate of speed. The Jeep driver was attempting to make a left turn when the crash occurred.

Phoenix police say the Jeep driver, 28-year-old Charissa Coleman, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The 34-year-old Infiniti driver, Andrew Friedlander, was hospitalized but has since been taken into custody facing one count of manslaughter.

Andrew Friedlander

Witnesses told police Friedlander appeared to be racing someone in a dark Camaro that did not stay at the scene of the crash. Police are asking for that driver to come forward immediately.

According to court paperwork, Friedlander and the Camaro driver were going at least 80 mph in a 45 mph zone at the time of the crash.

Phoenix officials have been trying to crack down on street racing throughout the city.

The Phoenix Police Department formed a task force last year aimed at putting a stop to it after it exploded in the West Valley with social media videos and dangerous "street takeovers."

In March, Phoenix City Council approved a new ordinance allowing police to impound a car involved with street racing or reckless driving for up to 30 days.

If anyone has information on driver of the black Camaro, please call Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS or (480) TESTIGO.