Man Convicted of Murder in DUI Crash that Killed Tucson Couple

A man was convicted by Pima County jury of two counts of second-degree murder, regarding a 2016 DUI crash that killed an elderly couple.

According to a news release from the Pima County Attorney’s Office, Alexander Bondy was also convicted of endangerment, criminal damage and DUI earlier this week.

At around 2:30 p.m. on August 11, 2016, Bondy was driving down Golf Links Road, traveling above 90 miles per hour, when he suddenly lost control of the car, crossing northbound lanes of traffic, hitting the median and going airborne into southbound lanes of traffic, the release said.

According to the release, Joel W. Cohen, 76, and Mary Jane Cohen, 77, were hit head-on, and due to the fact that Bondy’s car was mid-air at the time, the top of their car was sheared off, killing the couple in a horrible manner.

Witnesses said Bondy was confused, lethargic, had mood swings and was slurring his words. Bondy told police that he was out for a drive to clear his head and had been tired and depressed due to a recent break-up, according to the release.

Bondy confessed to taking some of his father’s prescription migraine drugs and a blood draw uncovered that he had the drugs in his system at the time of the crash, the post said.

According to Bondy, the crash was caused by a malfunction to his car’s power steering, but a mechanic inspected his car and discovered that there were no issues that would explain what happened, according to the post.

Bondy is booked for sentencing on Sept. 14.

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