Over 17 months after a man was killed in a crash in Glendale, police have arrested and charged the alleged impaired driver.
George Alvarez, 29, made his initial court appearance on Tuesday night. He is being charged with one count of reckless manslaughter following a grand jury indictment.
The judge did not budge after Alvarez' attorney asked to reduce his $250,000 bond.
Alvarez is accused of driving impaired and causing the deadly wreck near 59th Avenue and Cactus Road on April 7, 2017.
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The victim, 29-year-old Anthony Parra, died at the scene. Police say not only was Alvarez driving impaired but he was also driving at an excessive speed when he crashed into Parra's vehicle.
Parra's family spoke to Arizona's Family following Alvarez' court appearance.
"I think, not only do we miss him but society has lost somebody valuable," said Parra's father, Anthony.
[MUG SHOT: 29-year-old George Alvarez]
Parra said the past 17 months have been extremely difficult.
"I feel sorrow and anger, not only for our family but even for his family," he said.
They know nothing will bring their son back but they want justice to be served.
"I am not vengeful or grudgeful. Am I angry? Yes. But like I said, I am going to wait on the justice system to do what it needs to do, send out the message to everyone," he said.
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