SUV crashes into south Phoenix home, killing man inside; driver arrested for manslaughter

Police say an impaired driver slammed into a Laveen home and killed a 66-year-old man.
Published: Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:53 AM MST|Updated: Aug. 24, 2023 at 12:06 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Flowers and candles outside the family’s home, is all that’s left behind of an early morning police investigation. Cynthis Cerecero is not related by blood, but says the man she lovingly called Don Luis never made her feel otherwise. “A very cheerful person. Always with a smile, always ready to welcome visitors with pleasure. As if he hadn’t seen you for years even though he had just seen you a few days ago,” she said.

Police say 38-year-old Aaron Johns lost control of his SUV near 35th Avenue and Southern, driving straight through the downstairs bedroom. “We were sleeping upstairs, suddenly we heard a big shaking in the house, rushed to see if something had fallen,” said David Perales, Aguirre’s son-in-law.

The family describes Aguirre as a hardworking man, one who still had so much life to live. “He wasn’t sick, he had so much strength to work two jobs and all of a sudden just because an inconsiderate person comes in and ends his just doesn’t make sense,” Cerecero said.

Police say Johns was impaired and arrested for manslaughter. Court paperwork later obtained by Arizona’s Family shows Johns blew a .000 but had six signs of intoxication. He was taken for further evaluations where an expert concluded he was impaired.

Cerecerro hopes this tragedy serves as a reminder that actions affect more than just yourself. “It’s the lives of other people who have families, who are parents, who have children, who are grandparents, loving grandparents, who have the will to live,” she said. If you’re interested in supporting the family, you can visit this GoFundMe here.

The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. in a neighborhood located near 35th and Southern avenues.

Earlier that night, a city bus crashed into a home near 63rd and Peoria avenues in the northwest part of the Valley. No injuries were reported in that crash.

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