A quiet street in Phoenix became a scene from the latest Hollywood chase movie when a man tried to evade arrest after crashing a pickup truck at a bus stop and severely injuring a 17-year old bystander. Based on a statement by officials, a 17-year old boy sustained serious injuries when a man stole a pickup truck and then rammed it into a bus stop and hitting a teenager quietly waiting for a ride while trying to evade police. The incident occurred at around 9 am, Tuesday, near 19thAvenue and Bell Road.
According to witness Bob Carter, he was eating inside an IHOP when all of a sudden he heard the sound of a big crash. According to Carter, “I thought it was somebody dropping plates or something like that.” It was not long before Mr. Carter and others in the restaurant realized that something seriously wrong was going on outside. Based on the statements of Phoenix Police officials, the suspect in the incident was identified Wednesday morning as Matthew Jennings, a 33-year old man who stole a truck and drove it westbound along Bell Road near 19thAvenue. According to the police, the suspect rammed the pickup truck at a bus stop, where the 17-year old teenager was patiently waiting for a ride home. The teenager, according to police, did suffer some serious injuries.
Everyone Trying to Help
According to the witness, when everyone saw what happened, they immediately went to the boy in order to help him. However, they waited till the fire department finally arrived so the bus stop could be safely lifted up. Carter said, “And then, everybody was trying to help the guy that was underneath there, and they waited ’till the fire department out there to help lift up the bus stop,”
Tried to Evade Police
The police said that the suspect, Matthew Jennings was attempting to evade arrest by slamming into another truck until the truck caught fire. The entire scene unfolded in a dramatic viewer video where firefighters rush in to try and put out the blaze. Based on an eyewitness account at the scene, the suspect got out of the truck and then tried to elude police by running on foot into a car dealership area. There in the grounds of the car dealer was where the police were able to finally apprehend him.
Credit is given to the quick reaction time of the police. Carter said that after he hit the bus stop and no more than ten seconds after that, around 5 police cars flew by with a couple of cars stopping to check if anyone was injured. The rest chased the suspect and quickly apprehended him.
Arizona sits in the heart of the American Southwest. It is filled with quaint old towns, cosmopolitan cities and numerous natural wonders. Among the natural wonders, the Grand Canyon is the place that tops the list. However, if you go deep within the state, you will discover there are a lot of unique places and interesting people to meet. Scenic destinations like Sedona and Phoenix. Learn about Native American culture, ghost towns from the Wild West era and panoramic views of the country. Arizona is also home to numerous lakes, deserts and mountains. There is a world of possibilities for the adventurous traveler.
The Grand Canyon
One cannot be but inspired by the awesome natural wonder that is the Grand Canyon. Just looking out at the magnificent endless ridges of colorful cliff walls and ravines, you know there is nothing to top this magnificent natural wonder. In the afternoon sun you will discover the beautiful glow that the sun casts on it to reveal shades of yellow, red and orange. This is definitely one of the most popular attractions not just in Arizona but in the entire country as well. A lot of visitors are able to view the canyon coming from the South Rim, where a number of lookout areas are strewn along the edge of the canyon. The North Rim offers an entirely different view but the road is closed during the winter season. If you prefer a one-of-a-kind view of the canyon, nothing beats a spectacular helicopter ride over and through it. Be sure to check it off your bucket list when you visit Arizona today.
If you want to be mesmerized by stunning red rock mountains and buttes, Sedona is the place to go as it has one of the most panoramic settings in the entire state of Arizona. Just a 1.5-hour drive from Phoenix, Sedona is known to be a very popular day trip adventure. You can drive into town coming from the south via the Village of Oak Creek, which is quite stunning by itself already. Sedona’s main street is filled with art galleries, restaurants and tourist shops. A fun way to spend your afternoon. All around town you will find superb mountain bike and hiking trails. Try the Jeep tours, one of the most popular activities here. There are also numerous Native American dwellings to discover scattered around the area.
Sedona is mostly known as a spiritual haven. It is quite popular due to the presence of a energy vortexes found in a number of known sites. There are New Age shops and UFO tours as well.
Aside from the Grand Canyon, one of the most iconic images that you have probably seen of the Southwest are the sandstone buttes that dwarf Monument Valley. Overlapping between Utah and Arizona, these jagged rock formations, sand dunes and stone spires are what make up the iconic image of the area. Located in the center of the valley is the Navajo Tribal Park. There is a huge visitor center including a 17-mile self-drive route along a one-way gravel road through the park. If you want to see the area in detail, there are also guided tours available.
The capital of Arizona is a major destination during winter for golfers and vacationers that want to relax at a resort spa destination or bask in the heat of the desert sun. Phoenix Metropolitan Area includes Scottsdale and Mesa; there are superb shopping opportunities, casual and fine dining restaurants, desert parks and more. Top places to check out include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West and the Heard Museum.