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Woman Dies in Fatal Accident on Washington Street in Phoenix

PHOENIX, AZ (April 1, 2021) – Monday morning, Madalena Mendonca was killed, and Austin Clark was arrested after an accident on 40th Street.

The incident occurred around 6:40 a.m. Dispatchers arrived to the intersection of 40th and Washington Street, shortly after.

Clark was driving his Chevrolet Camaro at 88 mph when he failed to stop at a red light, and struck an SUV.

The driver of the SUV, 40-year-old Mendonca, was in critical condition when medics arrived.

Mendonca was quickly taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment. However, she later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead. Moreover, her 19-year-old passenger was also in serious condition.

One of the vehicles spun out of control and struck a 64-year-old pedestrian. The pedestrian suffered moderate injuries and is expected to be okay.

Following investigations, 28-year-old Clark was booked into jail on suspicion of manslaughter, endangerment, and aggravated assault.

Per reports, the wreck caused major interruption in the light rail service for hours.

Once available, more information will be provided.


We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Madalena Mendonca.


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