Sons tried to stop wrong-way driver from driving drunk

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by Jared Dillingham

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azfamily.com

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 9:33 PM

PHOENIX --- The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office identified the wrong-way driver of the crash that killed an off-duty Mesa police officer Monday morning.

He is Raul Silva Corona, 42, of Phoenix.

Corona lived in an apartment near 20th Street and Thomas Road with his wife and two sons, ages 12 and 17.

The family declined to speak on camera, but a son told 3TV his father was depressed. They do not know what caused Corona to set out on his ultimately deadly wrong-way drive.

Corona's sons said they attempted to stop their father from driving drunk Sunday. They said the family spent part of the afternoon together.

The boys took their father's keys away from him, saying he had been drinking and was drunk. This was several hours before the deadly crash.

Corona grabbed a spare set of keys and took off in his white Chevrolet SUV. It was the last the family saw of him.

The family said two officers stopped by Monday to explain what happened.

Corona worked as a ranch hand and landscaper.

The Arizona Department of Corrections and Maricopa County Superior Court databases have no record of Corona being arrested in the past.

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