PD: Driver intentionally hits man with car after argument at grade school

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PHOENIX -- Police arrested a driver who they say intentionally hit a man with his car following an argument in North Phoenix Monday morning.

Citizens found Carmelo D'Alessandro, 42, lying in the roadway near Anthem Way and 43rd Avenue with serious injuries at about 11 a.m.

Evidence at the scene indicated D'Alessandro may have been hit by a car, but there were no witnesses to what occurred, according to Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump.

D'Alessandro was transported to a nearby hospital but died a short time later.

Police investigators developed information that the collision may have been intentional.

Crump said D'Alessandro and Anthony "Tony" Parrinello, 31, got into a disagreement as they dropped their kids off at a grade school in the area.

Police said the two men knew each other and the suspect stepped in the middle of an argument the victim was having with his ex-wife.

They agreed to leave the school and meet at a nearby Walmart to settle the matter by fighting.

D'Alessandro did not go to the Walmart, but instead walked in the opposite direction toward his home.

Crump said when D'Alessandro did not arrive at the fight location, Parrinello went looking for him. A short time later, D'Alessandro was found lying in the roadway.

Police found Parrinello and the suspect vehicle a few hours later. Crump said there were indications that the vehicle had been involved in a collision and attempts had been made to clean it up.

Parrinello admitted to the earlier altercation, but denied being involvement in the collision. He was booked into jail on one count of murder in the second degree.

He is being held on $1 million bond.

The incident is still under investigation.