Driver charged with manslaughter after killing police officer in fatal crash.

one year ago

The driver who hit and killed Salt River police officer was texting while driving

He was arrested and booked into jail for manslaughter, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and endangerment.

According to Arizona Department of Public Safety, the officer stopped a vehicle on the Loop 101 around 6 p.m. While outstanding with that vehicle, the officer was hit by a passing vehicle, which then hit the vehicle the officer had stopped.

The driver identified as 40-year-old Jerry Sanstead of Scottsdaleadmitted confessed to authorities that he was texting while driving.

the officer, identified as Clayton Townsend, was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead shortly after 6:30 p.m.

The crash and subsequent investigation blocked several lanes of the loop 101 northbound near McKellips Road.

Townsend was survived by his wife and a 10-month-old child.