PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - There is a growing memorial at the intersection of Cave Creek and Greenway Parkway where a Phoenix police officer and another man were killed in a collision Monday night.
Officer Ginarro New, 27, was on his way to assist another officer when police say another driver, 31-year-old Christopher Castro, ran a red light at a high rate of speed. Officer New died at the hospital. Castro was pronounced dead at the scene.
"I didn't know it had gone... I didn't know the patrol car had gone over or through that block wall and landed on its side. I've seen really, really bad accidents and it was heartbreaking," said Bob Singer.
Singer is a former Arizona state trooper, and also Officer New's step-grandfather. "It really made me proud of him that he had chosen that direction and he was doing what he was doing," said Singer.
Officer New served in the Marines after high school and became an EMT after being honorably discharged. He was also a school nurse at Longview Elementary School in downtown Phoenix before being accepted into the Phoenix Police Academy in 2019. "We were just overjoyed at the choices that he had made in his life," Singer said.
Police believe impairment may have played a role in the crash. It is still under investigation. "There are choices and there are consequences for the choices that we make and they're suffering just as much as our family is suffering and we want to wish them peace, that they can find peace."
Earlier, Arizona's Family spoke to the grandmother of Christopher Castro. Gloria Trevino says Castro suffered head trauma from a serious crash in 2019 and was taking seizure medication. She thinks Castro may have experienced a medical emergency moments before the crash.
Details about funeral arrangements for Officer New have not been released yet.
A BBQ benefit is being held on Thursday for Officer New. For those looking to help, they just have to go to this website, then hit "donate" and put in the amount of the officer's name.