Not guilty plea in Chandler hit-and-run that injured vet

Not guilty plea in Chandler hit-and-run that injured vet

PHOENIX (AP) – A man arrested in a hit-and-run accident that injured a veteran in Chandler last month has pleaded not guilty.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say 18-year-old Cody James Gibson was arraigned Friday.

Gibson is charged with aggravated assault, leaving the scene of a hit-and-run, unlawful imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanor assault.

He was taken into custody after 31-year-old Steven Richardson was run down by an SUV in a parking lot on April 7.

Richardson is a veteran who served two tours in Iraq.

Authorities say Richardson and a friend were trying to help a woman who was being dragged by her hair in an apparent domestic violence situation with Gibson.

Chandler police say Gibson allegedly hit Richardson at full speed. Richardson now is recovering after suffering severe head injuries.

Copyright 2016 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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