A senior at Corona Del Sol High School was killed by a drunk driver last week, which led to a great deal of outrage and sadness in the Tempe and Chandler communities. The Arizona Republic reports that the victim, Cody Bishop, was honored when the school choir sang songs in his memory. Students at Corona Del Sol turned the tile mosaic Aztec mascot into a shrine, where people left flowers and hand-written notes.
The drunk driving crash occurred last Thursday near Ray and Rural roads. The suspect, 23-year-old Steven Landrum, was allegedly driving 81 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone when he hit Cody Bishop's van. After the crash, a blood test revealed that the suspect had a blood-alcohol level of .227, which is nearly three times the legal blood-alcohol limit of .08. The suspect suffered from only minor head injuries and was treated at the Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI manslaughter upon release from the hospital.
"The guy ends up with a broken nose and ends up killing my son," Cody Bishop's mother, Lori Bishop, told Arizona Republic.
Because Steven Landrum has been accused of killing a young boy, he may have difficulty finding an experienced Arizona DUI attorney that is willing to defend him in the case. The suspect was originally charged with aggravated assault, according to KPHO News, but now faces manslaughter charges. The suspect is being held on $250,000 bond at the Maricopa County Jail and has a status conference scheduled for May 17.