- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) - A driver accused in the deaths of four pedestrians near Phoenix in 2018 has been sentenced to six years in prison.

The Arizona Republic reported Thursday that Alex Bashaw pleaded guilty to four counts of negligent homicide and is serving his prison sentence in Yuma.

Court records show a judge sentenced Bashaw to six years in prison rather than the 16-year maximum that prosecutors sought and was credited with 375 days already spent in jail.

Authorities say the SUV Bashaw was driving jumped a curb and struck married couples from Iowa and Canada as they waited to cross a street in Fountain Hills about 32 miles (51 kilometers) northeast of Phoenix on March 13, 2018.

Three people were killed in the collision and the fourth person died of his injuries three months later.



Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say Bashaw, then 27, showed no signs of impairment and he was released and moved to Ohio.

Bashaw was extradited in July 2018 and indicted by a county grand jury after investigators determined he was driving 53 mph in a 35-mph zone and was looking down at his cellphone moments before the fatal crash.

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