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Arizona man allegedly stabs wife to death after a car accident, officials say

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the police responded to a call at 6:56 a.m. that a white Lexus sedan going northbound had crashed after veering off Loop 101 in the area of Thunderbird Road off-ramp.
(Arizona Department of Public Safety)

PEORIA, Ariz. – An Arizona man was accused of murder after police say that he veered off of a busy highway and killed his female passenger.

Fernando Acosta, 25, was arrested on Friday and accused of premeditated murder in the first degree and aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury after allegedly fatally stabbing Martha Your, inmate records showed.

Fernando Acosta, 25, was arrested on Friday.
( Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the police responded to a call at 6:56 pm of The report was that a white Lexus sedan going northbound had crashed after veering off Loop 101 in the area of Thunderbird Road off-ramp.

Acosta, who allegedly got out of the car and approached a witness with a knife before repeatedly stabbing, Your, the probable cause statement released Saturday read.

The stabbing was said to have been started, while Acosta was in the driver’s seat. He stayed Thy while she was trying to crawl out of the car.

A crash and a stabbing in Arizona.
(Arizona Department of Public Safety)

Your died in a hospital; according to the probable cause statement ,she had been stabbed or cut at least 20 times.

Gustavo Munoz told KNXV-TV that he was among the passers-by who stopped and jumped out of his car to help. “I walked in the direction of the vehicle, and if I’m on the other side of the ditch the man comes with a knife. Hands are full of blood. His face, body was filled with blood,” Munz said.

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A man with a gun fired at the ground to try to scare the attacker, Munoz said.

One of the passers-by eventually tackled the suspect and struck the knife from his hands, and others piled on and held the man down until the police arrived, Munoz said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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