Driver stabbed passenger to death following car crash, authorities say
Fernando Acosta, 25, was arrested Friday, charged in connection with the stabbing death of a female passenger after a car crash, authorities say. ( Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)
An Arizona man was charged with murder after police say he veered off a busy highway and fatally stabbed his female passenger.
Fernando Acosta, 25, was arrested Friday and charged with premeditated murder in the first degree and aggravated assault resulting in serious physical injury after allegedly fatally stabbing Martha Thy, inmate records showed.
The woman died in a hospital after being stabbed or cut about 20 times, a probable-cause statement said.
A man with a gun fired shots at the ground to try to scare the attacker, witness Gustavo Munoz told KNXV-TV of Phoenix.
Another witness eventually tackled the suspect and knocked the knife from his hands, and others piled on and held the suspect down until police arrived, Munoz said.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, police responded to a call at 6:56 a.m. that a white Lexus sedan going northbound had crashed after veering off Loop 101 near the Thunderbird Road off-ramp. (Arizona Department of Public Safety)
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, police responded to a call at 6:56 a.m. A white Lexus sedan going northbound reportedly crashed after veering off Loop 101 near the Thunderbird Road off-ramp.
Acosta reportedly got out of the car and accosted a witness with a knife before repeatedly stabbing Thy, the probable-cause statement released Saturday read.
The stabbing was said to have begun while Acosta was in the driver’s seat. He continued to stab Thy while she tried to crawl outside the car.
The scene of a crash and fatal stabbing in Arizona. (Arizona Department of Public Safety)