PHOENIX – A Phoenix police officer has died after being hit by a driver who showed up at a red light and also died, authorities said Tuesday.
The crash happened Monday night after 27-year-old officer Ginarro New entered an intersection and his police sports utility vehicle was hit by another car, Phoenix police said in a statement.
The impact sent the police sports utility vehicle through a brick wall and lay on its side in a parking lot, the statement said.
Firefighters pulled New out of the car and took him to a hospital, but he died from his injuries.
Images from local media showed that New’s car was torn off with the most rear half.
The other driver, a 30-year-old man, was pronounced dead and his identity was not disclosed.
Preliminary evidence indicated that the car driver was speeding, police said.
New joined the department in July 2019, police spokesman sr. Said Ann Justus.
He is survived by his wife, mother, brother and grandmother.
“I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to … the doctors, the nurses, the surgeons who tried to save Officer New as well as the Phoenix Fire Department who did everything possible to try to save his life,” the Phoenix Police Chief Phoenix Williams told reporters Tuesday morning.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings until half past one until sunset.