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County attorney considering charges against MCSO deputy involved in accident

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A Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy is accused of speeding down a west valley street and slamming into the side of a vehicle, killing the driver.

Deputy Sean Pearce, a 20 year veteran with MCSO was traveling at 81 miles per hour when he crashed into another vehicle while driving a Sheriff's Office unmarked SUV.

That crash killed the other driver, 63 year-old John Harding of Glendale.

Investigators say that Pearce was assisting in the search for a suspect but had no emergency lights or sirens activated when he crashed into Harding near 59th Ave & Northern.

The accident happened in December and now that the investigation has ended Pearce may face manslaughter charges.

"Well it's been hard, lonely, it's been sad, confused," said Nohemi Harding.

Harding's widow Nohemi spoke with FOX 10 about the crash report.

"What's what I wonder, why was he going 81 miles per hour," said Harding.

Pearce told Glendale Police investigators that he was responding to a reported sighting of a murder suspect.

He told investigators he estimated his speed at 55 miles per hour.

A data recorder in his Tahoe showed his speed was 81 miles per hour prior to the crash, 41 miles over the speed limit.

The case was forwarded by Glendale Police to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. They recommended manslaughter charges be filed on Pearce due to the reckless driving.

Because Deputy Pearce is the son of former State Senate President Russell Pearce, Nohemi is concerned he will receive special treatment.

"I know that he's the son of the ex-senator. So I'm afraid that might help him - because if he was a regular citizen he would be in jail right now," said Harding.

Nohemi Harding says all she wants is justice for her husband of 24 years.

"And he was enjoying life, doing cooking, gardening, and he loved his son very much," said Harding.

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