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Man involved in Cottonwood vehicle-pedestrian crash facing homicide, DUI charges

Jesse Etienne

Jesse Etienne


A Cottonwood man is dead and a Camp Verde man is in the hospital following this vehicle-pedestrian collision Tuesday night near the SR260-Western Drive intersection. (Bill Helm/Verde Independent)

CAMP VERDE – A 20-year-old Camp Verde man is facing second-degree homicide and DUI charges following a vehicle-pedestrian collision on State Route 260 in July.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin G. Meher said the fatal collision occurred on the evening of July 10 on SR 260 near Western Drive.

Jesse Etienne was driving a BMW passenger vehicle westbound at a high rate of speed, according to Meher. He struck 31-year-old Jesus Zazueta who died at the scene.

“After striking the pedestrian, the vehicle went off the road into a ravine,” Mehr said.

Etienne was airlifted to the Flagstaff Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.

"Upon his release from the Flagstaff Medical Center on July 16, (Etienne) was arrested and booked into the Coconino County Jail," Mehr said.

Etienne faces second-degree murder, two DUIs, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges, according to Mehr. He added that the defendant has been transferred to the Yavapai County Jail.

On Christmas Eve in 2017, Etienne was struck and injured by a car in Berlin, Connecticut, according to an Associated Press article.

He was treated at Hartford Hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

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