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Javier Gonzalez Killed on Northbound I-17 in Phoenix

James R. Harrison

September 15, 2016

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Phoenix, Arizona—Javier Benjamin Gonzalez, age 19, was struck and killed by a passing motorist as he worked on his disabled vehicle along Interstate 17 on Monday morning.  The accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. on northbound I-17 near Thomas Road.

According to Arizona Department of Public Safety accident investigators, Mr. Gonzalez and an unidentified Good Samaritan were working on his SUV when he was hit by a Chevy pickup truck. The driver of the truck then fled the scene.  The Good Samaritan administered CPR until emergency responders arrived on scene.  Mr. Gonzalez was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center where he was pronounced dead around 3:00 a.m.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Gonzalez.


DPS reports that Farlando Smith, age 24, turned himself in to police Thursday morning in Holbrook in connection with this deadly hit-and-run accident.

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