Woman, 82, hit by SUV after granddaughter's graduation dies

2013-05-25T00:00:00Z 2013-05-28T14:05:32Z Woman, 82, hit by SUV after granddaughter's graduation diesArizona Daily Sta Arizona Daily Star
May 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Woman, 82, hit by SUV after commencement dies

A grandmother died after being struck by an SUV as she and family members left her granddaughter's graduation ceremony at Mountain View High School Thursday night.

Dorothy Penrod, 82, was in a wheelchair, being pushed by her daughter, and a nephew was walking beside her as they left the graduation about 9:30 p.m., said Capt. Adam Goldberg, spokesman for the Northwest Fire District.

Penrod's nephew, 59, remains in critical condition at a hospital, said Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, a spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

They were crossing from the west side of North Thornydale Road to the east side of the road where their car was parked just south of West Linda Vista Boulevard when they were struck by a northbound SUV, Goldberg said. The daughter pushing the wheelchair was uninjured.

Penrod and her nephew were taken by ambulance to University of Arizona Medical Center. Penrod died shortly after arriving at the emergency room.

The driver of the SUV remained at the scene and was cooperating with sheriff's investigators, Goldberg said.

There were no crosswalks or lights in the area where the pedestrians were struck, he said. The pedestrians were attempting to cross the street about 600 feet from the intersection of Thornydale and Linda Vista.

The family could not be reached for comment, but Penrod's granddaughter, Shelby Penrod, tweeted on Friday afternoon: "The greatest grandma ever #lastnight #heartbroken #numb #imissyou #RIP."

Kimberly Matas and Stephanie Innes

Police ID man shot, killed at Cholla graduation party

Police have released the name of the victim and suspect in a fatal shooting at a high school graduation party early Friday but continue to seek witnesses.

The victim was 21-year-old Miguel Altamirano, who was a guest at a party celebrating the Cholla High School graduation on the southwest side when he was shot and killed, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department. Altamirano was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect is 18-year-old Joseph Goodman, who was booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and aggravated assault. U.S. marshals took him into custody at a relative's home about 4 p.m. Friday, Widmer said.

The shooting occurred at about 1:45 a.m. in the front yard of a home in the 2700 block of West Calle Arandas between south Greasewood and Shannon roads, Widmer said.

"The residents of this home hosted a party for a Cholla High School graduation," he said. "They had a number of invited guests attending the party, and at some point guests that weren't invited began arriving. There was an altercation in the front yard. Shots were fired and victims were struck."

Widmer said the suspect brought out a handgun and fired it at Altamirano and others in the area before leaving in a vehicle with some other people.

A 17-year-old boy was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening wounds, Widmer said.

Detectives still want to speak with several other people who were with Goodman at the time of the shooting. Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

On StarNet: Find an interactive crime map for Tucson and Pima County at azstarnet.com/crimemap

Kimberly Matas

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