Arizona Police arrested Las Vegas, Nevada, man on charges of manslaughter after he took part in street racing before reaching speeds exceeding 150 mph. He then crashed, causing the car to split in half, killing both passengers.
FOX10 reported in Phoenix that 32-year old Derek Charles Franklin Glasscock had been arrested by the Tempe Police Department on Saturday.
Documents obtained by the station indicate that the events leading to the fatal crash began around 1:35 am on November 25.
Tempe Police tried to stop a Ford Mustang that was later determined to have been driven by Glasscock. The Mustang had been seen in a street racing with another vehicle, near Rural Road.
Police claim that during the race the Mustang reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour in a zone with a speed limit of 35 mph.
The Ford Mustang fled and no pursuit was initiated. Court documents stated that a cloud was visible in the air shortly after the Ford Mustang fled the police. The same blue Ford Mustang crashed on the eastside of Rural Road south of Broadway Road.
Investigators estimated that the Mustang Glasscock drove may have reached speeds of 153 mph just before he lost his control.
The station reported that the blue muscle car flew into the air, crashed into two palm trees and a power pole. The Mustang was split in two by the force of this crash.
Investigators report that Glasscock, who was inside the car before the accident, was pinned in. A man and a woman were also ejected.
First responders pronounced the man dead on the spot. He was identified by Tempe Police to be 32-year-old Jesse Ruiz. According to court documents and the Tempe Police Department, the woman was identified as Maria Rangel. She died later at a hospital near her home.
Rangel and Ruiz reportedly lived together and were in a relationship.
Court documents indicate that when Glasscock was contacted by police after the accident, he “repeatedly spontaneously stated that he shouldn’t have been driving and that he had consumed alcohol.”
According to the station, court documents reveal that Glasscock admitted drinking two whiskey-mixed drinks between 10 pm and 11:15 pm.
Court documents stated that Glasscock did not recall leaving Sun Bar and the last thing he recalled was being in his car following the accident. “Glasscock did not recall if there was anyone else in the car, but he stated that he met up with friends at Sun Bar.”
Glasscock was taken to the Tempe City Jail after he was discharged from the hospital.
Two counts of reckless murder have been filed against him.
Glasscock was ordered to pay a $20,000 appearance bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for December 5.