Speed likely to blame for accident that killed Mesa father

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Patriccl Meley By Catherine Holland Patriccl Meley By Catherine Holland

MESA, Ariz. -- Patrick Meley ran out to get a replacement printer cartridge Sunday night but never returned.

His wife, April, says she began to worry when he did not come home and did not answer his cellphone.

Soon after that came a dreaded knock at the door. Police told her he'd been killed in an accident.

Meley was just pulling out of the driveway of his apartment complex on University Drive near Lindsey Road when he was T-boned by a white convertible.

A 19-year-old man was behind the wheel and another 19-year-old was in the passenger seat. Both were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police suspect excessive speed was a factor in the crash. Initial reports suggested the car may have been involved in a drag race, but investigators were unable to find evidence to support that. They say the driver was not impaired.

Mesa Police Sgt. Anthony Landato says if investigators determine speed was indeed the cause of the accident, the young driver will likely face charges.

"I'd like [him] held accountable," April Meley said. "It's not like they just crashed into a car. They took the life of someone who was important to a lot of people in this town. He was a great father and a husband,"

Meley retired years ago from his job as a groundskeeper because of muscular dystrophy, and essentially raised the couple's two daughters, April said.

"He was my rock," she said. "It's surreal, it just doesn't seem real. It seems like he's going to walk through that door with the cartridge at any time."

Meley is survived by two daughters and a grandson.