Man Kills 5 in Car Accident, Gets 1 Year in Jail

by Administrator 6. May 2009 06:14
An Arizona man who killed five people and injured one other in a car accident was sentenced to one year in jail last week. Robert Meyers, 25, was driving his 2007 Chevy Avalance west on McDowell Road in Scotsdale, when he ran a red light and broadsided a 1994 Cadillac Deville as it was turning left onto Granite Reef Road. Of the eight people in the Cadillac, five were killed, three were children. Antonio Pedraza-Olivares and his wife Noelia Rebolledo-Sanchez died instantly, as did their Four-year-old son Antonio. Noelia’s sister was in the car as were her two children, eleven-year-old Mayra and nine year old Jennifer Ramirez-Pedraza who were both killed. Mayra and Jennifer’s mother as well as two other children were seriously injured in the accident.Scotsdale police estimate Myers was doing 65 mph in a 45mph zone. In court records however, Myers’ lawyer Larry Kazan says his experts estimate Myers was only 10mph over the limit. He pointed the finger at the driver of the Cadillac, Guadelupe Pedraza. "Certainly, the light may have been red at the time Robert entered the intersection, but it was a close call one way or another," Kazan wrote in a memo to the judge. "Ms. Pedraza had the opportunity to avoid the collision had she obeyed the right-of-way rules of the road, which require her to yield to all traffic within the intersection or so closely approaching as to constitute an immediate hazard. Not having an Arizona driver's license probably didn't help her in this regard as she was probably unaware of the required rules of the road."Myers received one year in jail, 4 years probation, and was ordered to pay $450,000 in restitution.If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, please contact the Phoenix personal injury attorneys of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, PLC at 877-366-5557

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