Lawyer arrested for DUI after hitting 2 pedestrians in Phoenix

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on February 17, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 9 at 11:38 AM

PHOENIX -- A 53-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence after police say he hit two pedestrians in central Phoenix then left the scene on Feb. 16.

Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said a husband and wife were crossing Central Avenue in a crosswalk in violation of the pedestrian signals at Lexington Avenue, south of Osborn Road, just before 2 p.m.

As they approached the tracks, they noticed the light rail train approaching and turned back toward the sidewalk when they were struck by a 2011 BMW.

Nancy Franklin-Kan, 60, was thrown onto the northbound tracks, which caused the Light Rail System to shut down temporarily. She suffered severe injuries and died a week later at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Her 59-year-old husband suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Martos said the driver, Christopher Perry, got out of his vehicle and looked at both victims. He then returned to his vehicle and attempted to flee as police officers arrived on scene.

Officers were able to catch him after he was boxed in by stopped traffic.

Martos said Perry was found to be impaired and was booked for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a serious injury collision.

Perry is the managing partner of the law firm Perry & Shapiro, which specializes in mortgages and foreclosure-related law.

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