Man fatally injured after pushing wife to safety

Man fatally injured after pushing wife to safety


PHOENIX (AP) – Phoenix police say a 41-year-old man on a sidewalk pushed his wife to safety before he was fatally injured when struck by a vehicle.

Sgt. Jonathan Howard said Juan Mena-Brito was struck by a car that veered onto a sidewalk after colliding with another vehicle in an intersection Sunday afternoon.

Howard said witnesses reported that Mena-Brito was able to push his wife out of the path of the oncoming car before it could strike her, likely saving her life.

A second pedestrian on the sidewalk suffered minor injuries, and neither driver in the initial collision was seriously hurt.

Howard said police are investigating to try to determine how the collision occurred, but he said neither speed nor impairment appeared to have been factors.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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