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Glendale police arrest red-light runner who allegedly killed 3 teens

Carlos D. Gonzalez has been taken into custody for a fatal collision in August that killed three teenagers. Police say he ran a red light before hitting the victims.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Editor's Note: The above video is from an earlier broadcast.

The Glendale Police Department has arrested the driver accused of running a red light and causing a collision that killed three teenagers. 

Carlos Daniel L Gonzalez surrendered to police Wednesday for charges related to a fatal crash that occurred on Aug. 25 near 83rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. 

Police said Gonzalez ran a red light at a speed of more than 80 mph and was allegedly under the influence of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

Gonzalez was on his way to his sister’s home when he blew through the light, according to investigators.  Glendale police released traffic camera video of the crash that shows the cars spinning into a pole, shaking it.

The car Gonzalez hit had three teens inside it, according to police. One teen died at the scene and two more died at the hospital.

The victims have been identified as 18-year-old Ariyanna Alexus-Savina Parsad, 19-year-old Jazmine Esperanza Marquez and 18-year-old, Kiyvon Corlion Martin. 

The defendant was booked into the Maricopa County jail on three counts of second-degree murder and an outstanding marijuana charge.

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Driving Safety Tips: 

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) offers driving tips to help keep people safe on the road. 

"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website. 

ADOT's suggestions include: 

  • Don’t speed or drive aggressively 

  • Never drive while under the influence of substances 

  • Avoid distractions while driving 

  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are doing the same 

  • When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move over 

  • Stay extra aware in work zones 

  • Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous 

Find more tips on the department's Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT's website here. 

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