Russell Pearce's Son, MCSO Deputy Sean Pearce, Clocked at 81 MPH, Seconds Before Fatal Crash
MCSO Deputy Sean Pearce was clocked at 81 mph just seconds before a December 16 crash that killed Glendale resident John Edward Harding, 63.
Pearce was traveling north on North 59th Avenue a little after 1 p.m. in an unmarked black Chevy Tahoe when he collided with Harding's Nissan Cube, as it was turning south onto North 59th Avenue from West Hayward Avenue.
According to a report released Monday by the Glendale Police Department, the Tahoe's event data recorder (kind of a black box for automobiles) found the vehicle's maximum speed prior to the crash to be 81 mph.
Glendale PD spokesman Jay O'Neill said the 81 mph mark happened "within seconds of the actual impact."
The speed limit was posted at 40 mph. The Glendale PD's collision reconstruction estimated the Tahoe's speed "at impact" to be 48 to 53 mph.
The force of the crash was so great that both cars crossed several yards, across three or four lanes of traffic, ending up just off the road on the southbound side, where the Tahoe hit a sign on private property.
Pearce incurred only minor injuries. Harding was transported to a nearby hospital where he died. Harding left behind a wife and a son.
Though the Glendale PD's report does not have charging information, Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, told me that "the submitted charge is manslaughter."
Cobb said the MCAO will review the case and make the final charging decision.
Pearce and another deputy driving behind him said they were helping a homicide detective track a suspect when the accident occurred.
The suspect was "on 67th Avenue and a couple of miles ahead of them," according to Pearce's interview with a Glendale police officer after the crash.