Police arrest man for causing crash that killed pregnant woman

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Rigoberto Gonzalez By Catherine Holland Rigoberto Gonzalez By Catherine Holland
Bryan Mitchell is accused of driving through the scene of a deadly crash while the wreck was being investigated. By Catherine Holland Bryan Mitchell is accused of driving through the scene of a deadly crash while the wreck was being investigated. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Police have arrested the man they say caused a crash that cost a pregnant woman her life.

Rigoberto Gonzalez, 21, is facing charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault and endangerment.

The wreck happened a week ago at 39th and Northern avenues.

According to police, Karlisha Randolph was riding in a white Suzuki SUV with her mother and her two young sons when Gonzalez ran a red light and hit them. The Suzuki rolled, trapping Randolph.

While doctors were not able to save her, they did save her baby.

Investigators believe Gonzalez was intoxicated and was fleeing the scene of a separate crash when he ran that red light. Detectives say he cut in front of a city bus while turning on to Northern Avenue. Nobody was injured in that wreck.

Staff Sergeant Chance Sthal, an army medic who lives near 39th and Northern avenues and heard the crash that killed Randolph, said that intersection is the site of many car crashes.

"It's one of the deadliest intersections in Phoenix," Sthal said. Randolph's family has opened an account for donations at the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union under the name Karlisha.

Gonzalez was booked into Maricopa County Jail Wednesday night.

Officers also arrested a second man in connection with the wreck.

Police say Bryan Mitchell, 45, drove his 1995 Cadillac past traffic barriers and though the wreck scene while investigators were working. He hit two vehicles, totaling one of them.

Mitchell was booked on charges of driving under the influence, endangerment and criminal damage.