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Man Admits to Being High and Drunk When Crashing into Officer

On Behalf of / Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Published in assault, Car Accident, Homicide, Narcotics, Pedestrian Accident, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

Judge Gives Maximum Sentence To Man Who Crashed into Officer


A judge has given the maximum sentence to a young man (twenty four years old) who admitted to being drunk and high at the time he crashed into a Phoenix Police Officer. The police Officer Daryl Raetz was killed by the twenty-four year old last year. After the crash Officer Raetz was taken to the hospital where he sadly died.


Jesus Cabrera-Molina has been sentenced to only eight years in prison, as well as seven years of probation for negligent homicide and deadly hit and run. At first Molina pleaded not guilty however he quickly changed his plea to no contest.


According to the police report, Officer Raetz was conducting a DUI stop back in May 2013. That is when another vehicle had hit him at about three:thirty in the morning, and then fled towards 51st Avenue and Cambridge. Officer Raetz was only twenty-nine years old. He was also veteran from the Iraq war and had been a Phoenix Police Officer for six years. Molina is an undocumented immigrant.


Officer Raetz Wife’s Question to Molina

Why did you do drugs, kill my husband and drive away? No more saying you don’t remember.



Officer Raetz might be gone, but his wife, Stephanie wants his little girl to remember him as the hero that he was.

Stephanie’s Statement to the Judge

How does a 7-year-old know to ask questions about someone else’s actions? ‘Mom, why did he choose to kill my dad?

The officers on scene said that they heard some very “chilling accounts” of what had happened that night.

Officer Jennifer Moore’s Statement

The gut-wrenching high low tone is a sound that makes every officer stop in their tracks. And their heart skips a beat. There is nothing like a friend getting on the radio and saying ‘officer down. I saw Daryl laying in the middle of the road. He wasn’t moving. As Daryl layed (sic) on the road, it proved to be his final battle. I knew Darryl was dead. So we will make sure that they are great ones for her, by always telling her her dad lived as only a hero could.

Source: https://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/jesus-cabrera-molina-sentenced-to-8-years-in-prison-in-death-of-phoenix-police-officer-daryl-raetz



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