A driver that sped through a red light has resulted in two people killed in a crash overnight in north Phoenix.
The death of a Phoenix Police Department officer was among two people killed in a crash that happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday near Cave Creek Road and Greenway Parkway, a police spokesperson said.
Witnesses reported that an eastbound vehicle ran a red light while the police cruiser was going southbound through the intersection on a green light.
Images from the scene showed extensive damage to both vehicles involved and debris scattered along the roadway, including what appeared to be the engine from the vehicle that ran the light.
The driver of the eastbound vehicle, a 30-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Phoenix Police Officer, 27-year-old Ginarro New, had to be extricated from his vehicle before being taken to the hospital where he died.
Chief Williams expressed gratitude for the doctors and emergency crews who tried to save the officer’s life.
“I want to express my deep thanks and appreciation to HonorHealth. The doctors, the nurses, the surgeons, who tried to save Officer New. As well as the Phoenix Fire Department that did everything possible to try to preserve his life. Please keep the New family, his wife Kristen, his mother Misty, his brother Marcus and grandmother Susan in your thoughts and prayers,” Williams said.
A procession was held early Tuesday morning as fellow officers escorted the fallen officer from the hospital to the medical examiner’s office in downtown Phoenix.
The officer had been with the department since July 2019 and had recently started his shift when the crash occurred.