October 10, 2018
Tollie Matthews looks like the kind of nog who’ll literally say “sheeeeeeeiiiiiiiiittt…” after being told that he killed someone while under the influence of drugs.
Avondale police have arrested a man after a four-vehicle crash on Thursday left one girl dead and three others injured.
“I can’t believe when [police] came to my door and told me it was her,” said Shannon Meadows, 17-year-old Amanda Moreno’s mother.
Moreno was a senior at Agua Fria High School and just left home to spend time with a friend when the crash occurred near Dysart and Osborn roads.
Meadows and her daughter Whitney Moreno talked with ABC15 at a makeshift memorial near the crash site.
“We come here a few times a day, light the candles for her, talk to her,” Meadows said.
On Friday, Avondale police arrested 54-year-old Tollie Matthews in connection with the crash. According to court paperwork, Matthews admitted to taking two Oxycodone pills before driving erratically and causing a series of collisions.
Moreno was killed after the car she was in was pushed into oncoming traffic, investigators said.
Court paperwork shows Matthews had a prior DUI conviction and was supposed to be driving a vehicle with an ignition interlock device, which the car he was driving did not have.