By Megan Janetsky, Cronkite News
WASHINGTON (Cronkite) – It was 3 a.m. on May 14, 2014, when Mary Ann Mendoza got the call that would change her life.
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Her son, Mesa Police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, had been hit on his way home from work by a wrong-way driver who was high on crystal methamphetamine and had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit.
“I kept trying to call his cell phone and he didn’t answer,” Mendoza said Tuesday. “Fifteen minutes later, the Mesa Police Department showed up and took me to the hospital. My son died about 40 minutes after I arrived at the hospital.”
The driver was an undocumented immigrant who had been previously arrested on other criminal charges, but released.
[ORIGINAL STORY: Wrong-way