- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 31, 2021

PHOENIX (AP) - A man was arrested after his speeding car went through a red light at a Phoenix intersection and collided with a SUV, killing its driver and injuring two other people while interrupting light rail service for hours, police said.

Austin Clark, 28, was arrested and jailed Tuesday on suspicion of manslaughter, endangerment and aggravated assault with serious physical injury, according to police and jail records.

Clark’s car was going 88 mph (142 kph) in a 40 mph (64 kph) zone before it collided with the SUV, killing Madalena Mendonca, 40, and critically injuring her 19-year-old female passenger, police said.

After the collision, vehicle debris and one of the vehicles struck a pedestrian whose injuries weren’t life-threatening, police said.

Both vehicles ended up on the rail tracks, interrupting passenger service through most of the morning commute and into the early afternoon. A bus bridge transported passengers around the crash site.



Online court records didn’t list a defense attorney for Clark who might comment on his behalf regarding the allegations.

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