Phoenix Man Charged With Manslaughter After Driving 90 m.p.h. Into Tree, Killing Friend; Tells Cops he was "Emotional"

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Joseph Bryon Lucas
Joseph Bryon Lucas was planning on going on a trip to Europe with his best friend. That is, until he killed his pal by driving his car 90 miles per hour into a tree.

Police say Lucas, 18, called 9-1-1 just after midnight Tuesday, saying that he had crashed his 2004 Nissan Sentra into a tree near the intersection of East Cave Creek Road and North Mule Train Road in Carefree.

Firemen arrived at the scene of the crash to find his friend and roommate, Antonio Sandoval, dead in the passenger seat.

Records obtained by New Times show that Lucas and Sandoval were planning to travel to Europe together, and Lucas decided to phone his ex-girlfriend to tell her about the trip.

Lucas told police he became "emotional" after the conversation with the girl, and that he "liked to drive fast to clear his emotional thoughts."

Police say Lucas was driving very fast, to the tune of "at least" 90 mph, in a 35 mph zone, before he lost control and slid sideways into a tree.

Police say alcohol was not a factor in the wreck.

Lucas was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on a charge of reckless manslaughter.

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I've only talked to Antonio, never met him in person, but he seemed like a funny and nice guy. Joe is my best-friend, and he made a mistake. I know that he regrets it with everything in him, and wishes that he could have his best-friend, Antonio, back. 

Wish we could have you back Antonio, RIP. I love you Joe.


I knew Antonio since Elementary and he was a good person. Sometimes he didn't like to do work in classes but he always helped out friends. R.I.P.

Selina Sandoval
Selina Sandoval

Antonio Sandoval is my brother and he was a good person to people and he had dreams and plans to become something good! he didnt deserve to die like this. I will truely miss you so much bro! <3


Antonio Sandoval was, first and foremost, a friend who stood by others during tough times. It sounds as if Antonio died being that supportive person to a friend of his. RIP Antonio. You will be missed and always remembered.


I'm sorry to say that wasn't his first friend to die because of his carelessness. I'm sure he was a good person helping an unstable friend and he is sadly and happily with his Father now.

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