Jose Lopez, known as ‘Chuy’, died this morning at his car wash in Parker, AZ when a vehicle driven by his wife Maria accelerated for unknown reasons into a shed where he was at the time, according to Parker Police Department.
Police Sergeant Michael Bailey told Parker Live that the investigation is ongoing at this time. An 11 year-old male was extracted from the scene too, having apparently been in the building with Chuy, and flown to hospital in Phoenix.
Both Chuy and his wife are approximately 73 years old and own the business where the incident occurred, a car wash with a barber shop next door.
Maria reportedly tried to brake repeatedly without successfully stopping the vehicle, which plowed through the building and pushed Chuy into a brick wall behind the building. He was extracted from behind by first responders but pronounced deceased.
A white Ford Expedition plowed into a building at Chuy’s Car Wash in Parker Thursday morning, with early reports of one person deceased and a juvenile injured.
The cause of the incident is not known at this time. The deceased and injured may have been in the path of the vehicle as it accelerated forward.
CRIT Fire, River Medical, Parker Police, La Paz County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies were dispatched to the scene at the 1100 block of Kofa Avenue.