BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
DAYTON, Ohio – According to an Associated Press report out of Ohio, the 27-year-old man that allegedly struck and killed Bob and Karen Bonta on March 13 in Arizona has been arrested and indicted on charges of manslaughter.
Alex Bashaw was arrested on a warrant out of Maricopa County, where the Maricopa County Sheriff’s department handled the crime scene and pursuant investigation. According to the Associated Press report he is being extradited to Arizona from Montgomery County Jail in Dayton, Ohio.
However, officials with the Maricopa Clerk of Courts office and the Maricopa County Attorney’s office declined to comment other than to say they have released no information on the case.
Authorities say the SUV Bashaw was driving jumped a curb and struck the Bontas and another married couple from Canada as they waited to cross a street in Fountain Hills about 32 miles northeast of Phoenix.
The Bontas were walking northbound on the east sidewalk of Saguaro Blvd. at Palisades Blvd. where they stopped to cross Saguaro Blvd. Two other pedestrians Patti, 60, and Ronald, 60, Doombos, husband and wife, were also walking northbound on the same sidewalk when they were all struck by a 1998 gold Ford Explorer SUV.
Karen and Patti were pronounced dead at the scene, Bob was pronounced dead at the hospital, and Ronald died as a result of his injuries several months later.