Early Sunday morning, Giacomo Masolini, a 22-year-old ASU student, was killed by a suspected drunk driver on eastbound U.S. Route 60, AZfamily.com reports. The accident caused the highway to be closed for several hours on Sunday morning.
Mark William Clary reportedly caused the accident when he rear-ended a sedan in his Corvette. He fled the scene of the accident on foot, but was later apprehended by police. He has been charged with second-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault, and leaving the scene of a fatal crash.
At around 3 a.m., Clary allegedly rear-ended a sedan, causing a three-car crash on Route 60. Masolini, a passenger in the sedan, was killed. Mike Medows, the sedan’s driver, is currently in critical condition. Clary then abandoned his car and took off on foot, according to witnesses.
“A black Corvette sped past us having to slam on his brakes and ended up hitting another car which ended up spinning,” said Kelsie Ruiz, a witness to the crash. “Once the cars stopped spinning, he jumped out of his car and took off.”
Passersby and witnesses to the crash attempted to chase Clary down and apprehend him, but were unsuccessful. However, they informed Mesa Police about the general area to which Clary had escaped. Police then found Clary unharmed a mile from the scene in a residential area.
A detective who spoke with Clary said that he “could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Clary’s breath.” Although Clary has a prior DUI conviction that requires that he have an ignition interlock device in his vehicle, the Corvette he was driving had no such device. A blood test taken several hours after the crash, however, showed no traces of alcohol.
Under Arizona’s criminal code, a person commits second-degree murder if “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, the person recklessly engages in conduct that creates a grave risk of death and thereby causes the death of another person.” It is a Class 1 felony and carries a prison term of 10 to 22 years.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is still investigating the crash that killed Giacomo Masolini. Mark William Clary is currently being held on a $350,000 bond.
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