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Glendale police continue probing fatal pedestrian crash; officer’s vehicle among those involved
Glendale police officer Cody Howard (Photo courtesy Glendale Police Dept.)

GLENDALE – Policeare continuing to investigate a collision involving several vehicles, including a police vehicle, that left a female pedestrian dead Saturday afternoon, Nov. 30.

The incident occurred at 2:15 p.m. on 67th Avenue near Glendale Avenue, according to Sgt. Jay O’Neill, a department spokesman.

“A Glendale police officer was responding to a call for service and was traveling southbound on 67th Avenue, approaching Glendale Avenue, Mr. O’Neill stated in a prepared release. “A white van being driven by a male in his 30s was traveling northbound on 67th Avenue and turned in front of the Glendale police vehicle. The vehicles collided in the intersection, and the force of the impact caused the van to travel onto the southwest corner sidewalk, where it then struck two pedestrians, a male and a female. The Glendale police vehicle was also involved in a secondary collision, but there were no injuries,” the sergeant continued.

The female pedestrian was thrown into the parking lot of an adjacent business, where she was struck by a vehicle being driven by a female Glendale resident in her 50s. The female pedestrian was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The male pedestrianalso was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. He remains under treatment there, Mr. O’Neill reported late Sunday, Dec. 1.

Meanwhile, the driver of the van, identified as Roberto Escobedo, in his 30s, of Glendale, suffered serious injuries. The officer, Cody Howard, a 5-year veteran of the force, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The female pedestrian was identified as Dorothy Cochrane, a Glendale resident in her 60s, and the mail pedestrian was identified as Elmer Hicks, also of Glendale and in his 60s.

The female driver of the car pushed into the pedestrian by the Escobedo van was identified as Teresa Doten, in her 60s, of Glendale. The extent and nature of Ms. Doten’s injuries was not immediately available. The driver of the vehicle involved in the secondary collision with Officer Howard’s car, Maria Wright, in her 70s, of Phoenix, was unhurt.

No passengers were involved in any of the vehicles.

The crash and investigation closed the intersection for several hours.

“There are no indications at this time that the officer was responding with lights and sirens activated and the cause of the collision is still under investigation,” Mr. O’Neill stated.

The investigation is being handled by the department’s Vehicular Crimes Unit.

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