PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — The driver who crashed into a Phoenix bus stop Saturday afternoon, killing a man, admitted to using meth before driving, according to court documents.
Police say around 3:15 p.m., officers responded to reports of a crash involving a U-Haul near 16th Street and Southern Avenue. The U-Haul was heading south on 16th Street and approaching Southern Avenue when the driver, 24-year-old Brandon Seymour, reportedly veered to the left, hitting the curb three times, and drove up onto the sidewalk.
The truck hit a bus stop bench, knocked it off the ground, crashed into a metal pole, and stopped. Police say the bus stop bench broke off from the ground and struck 64-year-old Javier Saavedra, who was walking north and was just behind the bench. Saavedra died at the scene.
Officers found Seymour walking around the truck and near where Saavedra’s body was and noticed signs and symptoms of impairment, police records state. Seymour admitted to officers he had used meth before driving and thought someone jumped out in front of the truck when he was driving, causing him to crash.
Seymour was detained and, during an interview with detectives, admitted to being the driver of the U-Haul. A police drug recognition expert advised that Seymour was impaired by a stimulant and was unable to drive a vehicle safely. Blood tests showed that Seymour had meth in his system.
Authorities said during a search of the U-Haul, officers found substances believed to be meth and fentanyl. The samples were sent to the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab to be tested.
Seymour, who is from California and only visiting Arizona, was arrested and faces possible charges for manslaughter, drugs, and narcotics possession.
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