Defendant was 'spirited away' from fatal Tucson crash, lawyer says

2013-07-25T00:00:00Z 2013-07-25T16:06:31Z Defendant was 'spirited away' from fatal Tucson crash, lawyer saysPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The lawyer for a woman accused of leaving the scene of a deadly car crash said he wants justice for the victim and her family.

"We're here to do justice for Bernadette Macias and her family," Robert L. Murray told jurors Wednesday in the trial of Rosanne Inzunza, 29, who is accused of leaving the scene of a deadly accident on May 23, 2012.

Macias, 35, who was the passenger in Inzunza's car, died in the hospital shortly after the accident.

Murray said his client left the scene of the accident on Golf Links near Craycroft Road because she had been injured and was disoriented.

He also argued the man who drove the car she left in, Michael Bennett, 23, caused the crash and later forced Inzunza to leave the scene because he didn't want to face police.

"Really what he did was he spirited her away," Murray said.

Deputy Pima County Attorney Ashley Bock said Inzunza alone was to blame for the accident

"She left her friend there who died in this crash," Bock said.

In questioning Bennett, Bock asked if he thought leaving the scene of the crime was wrong.

"In my conscience I did," Bennett said.

Bennett said that he left with the defendant after a passer-by who stopped to help had called 911.

Bennett said he was driving on a suspended license at the time and did not have insurance. He said he was scared and "freaked out" so he wanted to leave.

Murray questioned Bennett about damage to his car, suggesting it appeared consistent with bumping into the defendant's car and scraping against the guard railing along Golf Links. He also said paint consistent with Bennett's car was on a railing near the accident scene.

Bennett, however, said the damage was on the car prior to the night of the accident.

The trial continues today.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com Follow on Twitter @pm929.

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