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Three Family Members Die Following Crash in Central Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona—Three members of a Phoenix family were killed in a high-speed crash involving four cars and a Valley Metro bus on Thursday afternoon. The collision occurred at 7th Avenue and Missouri shortly before 4:00 p.m.
Phoenix Police identified the deceased as Courtney Lonergan, age 45, her 18-year-old son, Ali Geer, and her 16-year-old daughter, Almira Geer. The teens died at the scene. Their mother died at the hospital.
Phoenix Police accident investigators reported the horrific incident started when Raymond Montgomery, age 33, was behind the wheel of a dark blue Cadillac SRX with an as-yet unidentified woman he knew who owned the car. An altercation between the two escalated when Ray struck the woman in the face. She managed to escape the car before Montgomery sped off at speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour.
Montgomery sped eastward on Missouri Avenue then ran a red light at 7th Avenue, where he crashed into Ms. Lonergan’s white Honda Civic that was southbound on 7th Avenue. The force of the original collision pushed the Honda into a Dodge Ram pickup northbound on 7th Avenue that was occupied by a 38-year-old man and a child. The Dodge pickup then struck a Valley Metro bus that was also northbound. The bus carried two passengers and a 59-year-old male driver, none of whom were seriously injured.
The Cadillac continued east and struck a female pedestrian who was crossing Missouri in the crosswalk on the east side of 7th Avenue. She was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Cadillac finally came to rest after striking a Chevy Malibu that was waiting on Missouri at the red light to travel west. The two female occupants were not seriously injured.
Montgomery was released from the hospital on Friday afternoon. He faces three counts of first-degree murder.
The Geer family is survived by 14-year-old Aracelli Geer, the youngest of Ms. Lonergan’s children.
We offer our deepest sympathy to the Geer family and friends at this time of inconceivable grief for them. We hold Aracelli in our thoughts as she faces this tragic and senseless loss. We wish swift and full recoveries for the injured.