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Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 2:36 pm

Pedestrian killed in collision with police officer

Glendale officers said Dec. 1 that the victim in a collision at 67th and Glendale avenues was 60-year-old Dorothy Cochran of Glendale, who died of injuries caused by being hit by a van on the sidewalk.

The crash is still under investigation by members of the Glendale Police Vehicular Crimes unit.

Police said 2:15 p.m. Nov. 30, a Glendale officer was responding to a call for service and was traveling southbound on 67th Avenue. A white van being driven by 30-year-old Robert Escobedo was traveling north on 67th Avenue and turned in front of a Glendale police vehicle. 

The vehicles collided in the intersection, and the force of the crash pushed the van onto the sidewalk. There, the van struck two pedestrians, a male and female.

The Glendale police vehicle was also involved in a secondary accident, but there were no injuries.

The female pedestrian was thrown into the parking lot of a business, where she was struck by a vehicle being driven by a 60-year-old Teresa Doten of Glendale.

Glendale Police Officer Cody Howard was the officer involved in the accident and was treated and released.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Howard’s patrol vehicle following its collision with Escobedo was Maria Wright, a 70-year-old from Phoenix.

Glendale Police Explorer helps nab thieves

A Glendale Police Explorer assisted police in arresting two suspects who had stolen a garage door opener from her parents’ car and attempted to rob the home.

Just before 1 p.m. Nov. 3, a couple discovered that someone had broken into their vehicle in the church parking lot at 17200 N. 59th Ave. They found that the garage door opener and registration paperwork that included their home address had been stolen from the vehicle.

The couple’s 17-year-old daughter, a Glendale Police Explorer, provided a license plate number to police that led them to two burglary suspects, Gerardo Ramirez and Jason Wortman, according to the Glendale Police Department.

Police said after the theft from the vehicle, the two suspects went to the home and backed their car into the open garage. After knocking on the door to see if anyone was home, they became concerned when they heard a television, but nobody answered the door.

The teen took down the license plate of the vehicle and gave it to police, who located the suspect’s vehicle Nov. 17. The two were detained approximately a block away from a previous vehicle and house break-in.

Wortman later admitted to police that he and Ramirez were on their way to rob the home, authorities said.

Ramirez and Wortman were both booked on suspicion of three counts of attempted residential burglary and two counts of vehicle burglary.

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