Recently Departed U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke Was Driver in Near-Fatal Car-Pedestrian Accident

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Dennis Burke, who abruptly resigned in late August as the United States Attorney for Arizona after becoming mired in controversy, had to deal with another traumatic event earlier that month: Burke nearly killed a pedestrian with his vehicle in an accident on North Central Avenue.

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Dennis Burke, the former U.S. Attorney, had a terrible August.
Phoenix police records show that Burke was driving his 2011 Ford Escape southbound on Central near Camelback Road when he struck 67-year-old Robert Maresco, who was walking the street in an unmarked crosswalk.

The previously unpublicized incident occurred just after 8 on the evening of August 3 near the Windsor Restaurant, on the southeast corner of Central and Oregon.

Burke was not cited in the accident. Officers estimated that he was traveling at about 30 miles per hour, under the posted limit of 35 mph., and the police report suggests that he did not show any signs of impairment. 

Bob Maresco is a Phoenix-based certified public accountant/financial planner well-known for his involvement in various community activities. He has been hospitalized at St. Joseph's Neuro Rehabilitation Center for two months, and family members say he is scheduled to be released next week.

Burke resigned from his job (many have speculated he was forced out by the same Barack Obama administration that had appointed him) a little more than three weeks after the car accident, in the wake of the infamous "Operation Fast and Furious" gun-trafficking scandal, which involved local feds providing weapons to Mexican bad guys, ostensibly for the purpose of tracking smugglers.

We tried to contact Burke for comment, but he declined through a third-party, citing (no kidding) the advice of his car-insurance company.

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Dino
Dino

The law states that drivers always have to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk.  Mr. Burke should have been charged no mater what his speed was, so again, the police didn't do their job because of who Burke was.

Jglenn
Jglenn

... yeah right  ...1st thing that comes out of this traitorous son of a bitches pocket is his us atty badge .... just like any good stooge phx phinest is done asking ?'s ... bastard gets away w/ accessory to murder on our BP-agent, then gets another pass whacking an old dude likely walking in a well lit area ... no witnesses of course on central ave ...  bidness as usual for the ruling class ... corporate prisons for the working class ...   

Rick
Rick

Let's give Mr. Burke some credit here.  At least he stuck around and did not do a hit and run. Accidents do happen to the best of drivers and Dennis Burke stuck around and took responsibility for what happened.  That shows he does have some integrity.

Ross
Ross

Phoenix Police said they may have more information once they have completed their investigation in three years.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

MCSO will take 8 1/2 yrs,, just to figure something happened as it is ran now ,,, 

Dark Man
Dark Man

Obviously, Dennis-B is not to blame for that accident, nor was he at fault. While the other guy, whoever he was, hope he learned a new lesson at that ripe old age. It's a little too old to be jaywalking like that........especially after 8pm. That's when the night life begins in the mean streets of P-town.

Rob
Rob

"That's when the night life begins in the mean streets of P-town."

lol...classic.

Mari Rose
Mari Rose

I assume that last sentence was a joke, because "P-town" nightlife certainly is.

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