Lawyer facing manslaughter charges after woman dies

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX - The man who struck two pedestrians last month is now facing three felony counts related to the hit-and-run accident after one of the victims died.

County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced at a weekly press conference that Christopher Perry, 53, has been indicted on manslaughter, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Just before 2 p.m. on Feb. 16, Nancy Franklin-Kan and her husband, Jeffrey Franklin, were crossing Central Avenue in a crosswalk in violation of the pedestrian signals at Lexington Avenue just south of Osborn Road.

According to police, as the couple approached the tracks they noticed a light rail train approaching and turned back toward the sidewalk when Perry's car hit them.

Franklin-Kan was thrown onto the tracks and suffered severe injuries. She died at the hospital a week later.

Her husband suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Perry is facing a charge of leaving the scene of an accident because he fled as officers arrived on scene. He was caught after officers boxed him during stopped traffic.

He also faces driving under the influence, as police found him to be impaired at the time of his arrest.

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