Wrong-Way DUI Defendant Indicted For Murder

by Aaron M. Black • February 16, 2024

The Pinal County Grand Jury indicted a wrong-way driver for second degree murder in the death of a woman motorist and an aggravated assault for seriously injuring her 7-year-old daughter in the deadly crash.

Arizona’s Family TV 3 reported the alleged wrong-way driver, Adam Parker, 37, of Peoria had a blood-alcohol concentration level of 0.263, three times of legal limit of 0.08, and officers found open containers of alcohol on the front seat of the pickup truck he was driving. Parker had two previous DUI convictions the station reported.

Elizabeth McAloon with her Family & Adam Parker Arrest PhotoPhoto Credit: Arizona's Family TV 3

The crash occurred on U.S. 60 about 9:30 p.m., Saturday, January 20, after several motorists called 911 to report a wrong-way driver all over the road, who had crossed the highway median and drove the wrong-way on both sides of U.S. 60 in Apache Junction.

He told police he forgot where he was going, TV3 reported.

The station reported that Parker’s Ford F-150 crashed into the oncoming Toyota SUV driven by Elizabeth McAloon, 28, who was on the way home with her daughter after preparing for a church service the next morning.

Second degree murder is charged if an “extreme indifference to human life” existed. It is a Class 1 felony, the most serious of the felony range.

Penalties include a term in state prison of 10 to 25 years and fines totaling $150,000. There is also no early release from prison – you must serve every day.

The aggravated assault charge is for harming the child, who suffered a broken arm and neck injuries, and is a Class 2 felony under Arizona Revised Statute §13-1204 because the child is under fifteen. This offense will be classified as dangerous and carries a 7 to 21 year prison sentence.

Parker also sustained injuries in the crash. He was released from the hospital and then arrested.

Roll of a grand jury

A grand jury is often used in high profile cases.

In Arizona the grand jury is comprised of between 9 and 16 randomly chosen citizens, who do not need a background in law. They serve for a specific term. Its proceedings are confidential and their vote is taken after the prosecution team leaves the room.

The prosecution takes its evidence to the grand jury to determine if there is sufficient probable cause to support the charge the state wants. The prosecution presents its evidence and answers any questions.

Vehicular manslaughter

Arizona also has a vehicular manslaughter law for using a dangerous weapon, which is the vehicle, with the driver speeding, driving aggressively, racing, or driving impaired by alcohol or drugs, even prescription and over-the-counter medications.

In addition, an involuntary manslaughter charge may be applied in impaired driving cases because the driver did not intend to kill anyone.


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Aaron Black Phoenix DUI LawyerAaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal defense matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes, and white-collar crime cases.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

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