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Drunk Driver Killed Family of 3 in Arizona; Indicted after Parents and Infant Daughter Died after Horrific Crash leaving Family Devastated

Drunk Driver Killed Family of 3 in Arizona; Indicted after Parents and Infant Daughter Died after Horrific Crash leaving Family Devastated

An indictment has been issued for the individual allegedly responsible for a tragic accident in Arizona last December, resulting in the loss of a family of three. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office made this announcement on Thursday.

A tragic incident resulted in the loss of Cooper, the 22-year-old son of Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb. Brian Alexander Torres-Perez, who is now 22 years old, has been indicted on three counts of manslaughter, a class two felony, in connection with the crash.

Tragically, Cooper’s fiancée, Caroline Patten, and their 11-month-old daughter lost their lives in the devastating crash.

In Gilbert, Arizona, on Dec. 16, 2022, an unfortunate incident occurred at the intersection of Elliot Road and Cole Drive. Patten, who was behind the wheel, was making a left turn when their Toyota Corolla was struck by Torres-Perez’s Chevrolet Silverado, according to the Gilbert police.

“The defendant’s complete disregard for life resulted in the tragic loss of an entire family,” expressed Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell. “Following a thorough examination of the evidence, it is now necessary for Torres-Perez to be held accountable for his actions.”

In February 2023, the Gilbert police handed over the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. They stated that the crash was influenced by factors such as excessive speed, alcohol, and other drugs.

According to a later report from Gilbert police, Torres-Perez was driving at a speed of approximately 70 mph, which was 25 mph over the speed limit, when he crashed into the family’s car. Blood samples taken from Torres-Perez indicated a blood alcohol content level of .03 and the presence of THC as reported by FOX News.

Torres-Perez has been taken into custody by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The cash bond amount is set at $150,000.

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