PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Police have arrested a suspect accused of killing two people in separate hit-and-run crashes Saturday night in Phoenix.

L. C. Jones III, 29, was arrested on Monday for his involvement in the two deadly collisions, the Phoenix Police Department reported. 

[VIDEO: Police arrest suspect in deadly Phoenix hit-and-run crashes]

The two crashes happened just after 10:30 p.m.

The first happened near 43rd Avenue and Indian School Road.

Phoenix police say Jones, the alleged driver of a Lincoln Town Car, struck 17-year old Nester Lopez, who was crossing 43rd Avenue.

Lopez was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Maribel Dominguez is Nester's grieving mother. She says her son went to the store to grab some snacks and that was the last time she saw him.

“I'm devastated, all he did was go for ice cream and chips," she said.

Sunday, family and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil to honor Lopez' memory. As his mom sobbed, she says she’s distraught and wants justice for her son.

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"Nestor’s death cannot be in vain," she said. "It was not an accident when you hit someone, you don't stop and then you kill another one. And a coward because he can't turn himself in. You killed a 17-year old boy, he had a whole life ahead of him, his birthday is next month, his 18th birthday.

"A mother should not have to bury their child because someone is so senseless.”

Police say the Lincoln had been traveling southbound on 43rd Avenue in the center turn lane at a high rate of speed.

But instead of stopping after the crash, the Lincoln the took off, going southbound.

Police say the Jones, the suspected driver, then ran a red light near Osborn Road, where he collided with a 2007 Scion Coupe.

The driver of the Coupe was 28-year-old Edgar Ferral-Lopez, and he had been entering the intersection on a green light.

Ferral-Lopez was transported to a local hospital where he was also pronounced dead.

A 2018 Chevy Silverado, driven by a 24-year-old man, was stopped at the intersection when his vehicle was struck by the redirected vehicles. That driver and his 30-year old male passenger were not injured.

Police say Jones then got out of the car and took off on foot, leaving his car at the scene.

Jones was booked into 4th Avenue Jail with charges including 2nd degree murder, manslaughter, hit and run and endangerment. 

 


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