PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Police say a mother, father and their 12-year-old son were killed in a crash and three other people were injured after a man was reportedly drinking and driving on New Year’s Day in Phoenix.
The wreck happened near the South Mountain Loop 202 in Ahwatukee near 40th Street shortly before 9 p.m. According to court documents, Department of Public Safety investigators learned that 23-year-old Ariyan Guy was driving a blue Ford Fusion that was speeding when it hit a Chevy Suburban carrying six people inside.
The crash pushed the Suburban off the roadway and caused it to roll several times. Juan Carlos Gaspar and Selma Gaspar were both killed in the crash, along with their son, 12-year-old Carlos Gaspar. The other three victims had life-threatening injuries, investigators said.
“I got the call after midnight on Sunday morning,” Robert Stinger said. “‘I just need to let you know Juan and Selma and Carlito are dead.'”
Stinger was in shock. He’s president of TIP Maintenance Building Services, and Juan Gaspar had been his general manager of the roofing division for six years.
DPS says five people were taken to the hospital and three people died. DPS says impairment is suspected as the cause of the crash.
Every day since New Year’s, their phones have been ringing. “People who have called are just so heartbroken. A lot of our clients knew Juan, just who he was and what he would do for them,” Stinger said. “He was just one of the most honest, sincere, gentle giants.”
Monday, the Laveen Elementary School District let families know that sixth-grader Carlos Gaspar had died. The 12-year-old had physical disabilities, but despite that, he excelled at school and was a recipient of the Arizona Council for Exceptional Children’s “I Can Do It” award.
Stinger said Carlos, or ‘Carlito’ as they called him, would come by the office often. “When he walked in, he owned the place. I mean, ‘Carlito is here! OK everybody, let’s go! Yes sir!'” Stinger smiled. “Selma, his wife, was just a beautiful woman and a great mom. And little Carlito was a little rock star. He just brought big sunshine into the office. When he would come in, he was just magic.”
Stinger said while their company is heartbroken, they know Juan would want them to continue. “He was just, just missin’ him,” said Stinger.
And with tears in his eyes, Stinger said one thing that brings his heart peace is that heaven welcomed them all together. “That shows you how loving and how incredible God is and what he does for families. So, it’s good. That’s the good part. They’re together”,” Stinger said.
DPS said a witness identified Guy as the person driving the Ford Fusion. Open containers of Dos Equis, Jack Daniel’s, and Tennessee Honey Whiskey were found inside, according to Guy’s court documents. That paperwork also says Guy confirmed to detectives that he bought the alcohol and admitted drinking it while driving.
DPS also said a trooper who talked to Guy at the hospital noticed the smell of alcohol and several signs of potential impairment.
Guy was arrested and booked on suspicion of reckless manslaughter and aggravated assault. He was being held on a secured appearance bond of $200,000. It’s not clear if he posted that bond.
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