11-Year old dies in suspected DUI crashPosted: Updated:
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- An 11-year-old boy is dead and his little brother is in the hospital after a car crash involving a suspected drunk driver. Alexander and Christopher Katsaros were with their father when their SUV was hit by an alleged drunk driver.
It happened at about 2 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Warner and McQueen roads in Chandler.
Police said David Wiggins, 30, tried to elude them after he was spotted driving erratically by an undercover gang officer on patrol at a bar near Alma School and Knox roads. According to that officer, Wiggins' white Toyota was spinning its wheels and fishtailing as it left the bar. The gang officer turned on his police lights and requested a marked patrol unit to help pursue and stop Wiggins.
Officers said Wiggins ran a red light and drove into oncoming traffic as he tried to get away.
Officers backed off the chase, but a short time later, Wiggins' Toyota collided with a Kia SUV driven by Dr. Gregory Katsaros of Chandler. Police said Katsaros, 46, is a chiropractor and he was making a hospital call. Alexander, 11, and Christopher, 7, were with him because his wife was out of town.
Alexander died Saturday afternoon at a local hospital. Christopher is in serious condition and remains hospitalized. Katsaros has been released from the hospital.
Wiggins was injured in the wreck, as well, and is still in the hospital. While toxicology results are still pending, investigators believe he was impaired at the time of the crash.
"To call it 'unfortunate' is really an understatement," said Detective Seth Tyler of the Chandler Police Department. "It's a tragedy. It's a needless tragedy. ... If this is the result of impairment, it's just another example of the dangers and the consequences of driving while impaired."
Police said once doctors release Wiggins, he will be booked into the Maricopa County Jail on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault and felony flight from law enforcement.