Man allegedly drove 115mph before Phoenix crash that killed mom, injured girl

Officers learned that the driver of the Camaro, 18-year-old Eulalio Juarez Rodriguez, was driving west on Southern at about 115 miles per hour.
Published: Apr. 13, 2022 at 9:20 AM MST|Updated: Apr. 13, 2022 at 10:58 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A mother has died and her 4-year-old daughter is in extremely critical condition after a man allegedly driving 115 miles per hour crashed into them near 32nd avenue and Southern Avenue Tuesday night.

The crash happened just before 8 p.m. between a Camaro and a Hyundai, according to Phoenix police. During their investigation, officers learned that the driver of the Camaro, 18-year-old Eulalio Juarez Rodriguez, was driving west on Southern at about 115 miles per hour just two-and-a-half seconds before the crash occurred. Police say the car slowed to about 88 miles per hour about half a second just before the crash. The posted speed limit in the area is 45 miles per hour.

The Camaro hit a Hyundai driving east on Southern that was trying to make a left turn on 32nd Avenue. The impact caused the Hyundai to turn around and go into a wooden power pole. The driver of the Hyundai, identified as Katrina Dean, died at the scene. Her 4-year-old daughter, Aubrielle, was in the back of the car in a child seat. She was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition.

Friends and family placed flowers and balloons at the crash site this afternoon. “We just need all the prayers, all the love for my goddaughter, for her daughter, for my other mother’s granddaughter, to come back to us. We need a piece of Katrina here with us,” said Liz Pena, who is Katrina’s best friend of 20 years.

The driver of the Hyundai, identified as Katrina Dean, died at the scene. Her 4-year-old...
The driver of the Hyundai, identified as Katrina Dean, died at the scene. Her 4-year-old daughter, Aubrielle, was in the back of the car in a car seat.(Liz Pena)

Pena says Aubrielle has severe brain injuries, but is a fighter. “She has a lot of brain trauma. They’re trying to — the neurosurgeons are trying to get an understanding of how they’re going to make that work and what they can do to help her,” Pena explained. “She’s trying to breathe over the breathing tube that’s currently in her throat right now. So she’s a fighter. Like I said she’s been fighting since she was a baby. She’s four years old. She’s still fighting, she’s still fighting to come back. I can feel that. I just need everybody’s prayers to bring Aubri back home.”

Pena says Katrina and Aubrielle were just two blocks away from their home. “There’s no reason for somebody to go 115 miles per hour, that’s ridiculous! She had more than enough room to turn if you were going the regular speed limit,” said Pena. “Why? Why couldn’t you slow down? Why get in a vehicle you’re not mature enough to drive yet? You ruined a lot of people’s lives. You hurt a lot of people. And now we’re all fighting to get my goddaughter back.”

If you would like to help the family with funeral expenses, visit their GoFundMe.

Rodriguez was booked on recommended charges of manslaughter due to his speed at the time of the crash. Police don’t believe impairment was a factor in the crash.