PHOENIX - A man was killed and several other people were seriously hurt in an eight-car crash on Sunday in Phoenix, police said.
Police say the crash at the Central Avenue and Camelback Road intersection was caused by a driver who ran a red light.
Firefighters extricated one person from their car and four others were rushed to the hospital, said Phoenix Fire Capt. Todd Keller. Three of them are in critical condition and a fourth, 36-year-old Jesus Padilla, died at the hospital.
"The adult female driver of the tan Toyota Camry, the vehicle that ran the red light, exhibited signs of impairment," police said in a statement on Aug. 23. "The case is pending the outcome of the toxicology results and the collision reconstruction.
The driver was identified as Jesus Padilla's wife. He was a passenger in the car when the crash happened, and the wife is in critical condition.
'I miss him and I know he’s here with us"
For April Padilla, her big brother Jesus was also a father figure. "Who am I gonna call to bring me up?" she asked.
She says the 36-year-old man worked hard to provide for his seven kids.
"He was always smiling. You would never really see him mad. He was a great father and he loved playing sports with his kids, going out," she said.
She saw her brother the night before his death.
36-year-old Jesus Padilla
"I was sick to my stomach and I even threw myself on the floor. I started throwing up because I couldn’t bear with the fact that this was actually happening," Padilla said.
His wife is the woman who reportedly ran the red light, causing the multi-car crash. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition where she's in a coma.
It's a sad situation for loved ones, as Padilla says, "It’s very tough because she's my sister-in-law and I see her as my sister."
His younger sister says she will make sure to take care of her brother's young kids.
Multi-car crash at Central Avenue and Camelback Road on Aug. 22.
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