Glendale man arrested after 6-year-old daughter dies in crash

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Palemon Vega-Maqueda By Jennifer Thomas Palemon Vega-Maqueda By Jennifer Thomas
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Police have arrested a Glendale man after his 6-year-old daughter was killed in a Phoenix car crash earlier this month.

Palemon Vega-Maqueda, 30, faces manslaughter and aggravated assault charges. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

At approximately 5 p.m. on Aug. 8, Vega-Maqueda was driving a 2002 Ford Mustang on 75th Avenue at Osborn Road at a high rate of speed, according to court records.

Police said Vega-Maqueda moved into the curb lane to pass a vehicle in front of him. He failed to control his vehicle as he overcorrected then went into a counterclockwise rotation and traveled into the northbound lanes where his vehicle was struck by a pickup truck, records show.

The truck hit the passenger's side of the Mustang. Vega-Maqueda's 6-year-old daughter was in the front passenger seat. Police said she was wearing a seat belt but was not using a booster seat, as required.

An officer on scene conducted a field sobriety test on Vega-Maqueda and noted signs of impairment, court records show.

The occupants were taken to local trauma centers for treatment.

Amy Vega was pronounced dead at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Vega-Maqueda was treated for a concussion, facial lacerations, rib fractures and other injuries. According to court documents, hospital staff noticed his speech was slurred, but further evaluation could not be conducted because emergency medical treatment was being administered. His blood was drawn and a toxicology report is pending.

The driver of the pickup truck was treated for a fractured ankle, which required hospitalization.

According to court records, scuff marks indicate Vega-Maqueda was driving 64 mph prior to the crash. The speed limit in the area is 40 mph.

Vega-Maqueda was arrested on Sunday.


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