Median-jumping crash on Golf Links leads to 2 second-degree murder charges
A high-speed crash on Golf Links Road that killed two people has resulted in a suspected impaired driver being booked into the Pima County Jail on two counts of second-degree murder.
Joel W. Cohen, 76, and 77-year-old Mary Jane Cohen were killed when their Toyota Camry was hit by a Buick Century that jumped over the median of Golf Links on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
Alexandar Bondy, 21, was behind the wheel of the Buick, heading east on East Golf Links Road, between Aviation Parkway and East Ajo Way, around 2:40 p.m., a Tucson Police Department spokesman said.
Traveling "at a high rate of speed," Bondy side-swiped the guard rail and lost control of the tan 2002 Century, Sgt. Pete Dugan said.
The car jumped the raised median into oncoming traffic on the westbound side of the road, and struck the Toyota nearly head-on, Dugan said.
The Cohens were declared dead at the scene, he said.
Bondy "displayed signs and symptoms of impairment and a DUI investigation was conducted," Dugan said.
Bondy was taken to a hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, Dugan said. He was booked into the jail after his release.
"Both speed and impairment appear to be factors in the collision," Dugan said.