Man Who Stops to Help Woman Killed in Hit-&-Run Double Murder-Attempted Murder

Just before 4 a.m. Wednesday Patrick Balbastro, 32, and a female passenger, were driving home when he saw a man assaulting a woman in the 2200 block of East Sunland Vista, near East 36th Street and South Campbell Avenue.

Balbastro called 911 to report the altercation and told the emergency dispatcher he had to help the woman, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department. Multiple calls were made to 911 regarding the assault.

When Balbastro got out of his car to help the woman, the suspect attacked him. At some point during the attack, the passenger got out of in Balbastro’s car, Widmer said.

After the assault, the suspect got into Balbastro’s car and “aggressively use the vehicle as a weapon to strike all three victims multiple times,” Widmer said.

The suspect fled the scene and abandoned the vehicle after colliding into a tree near East Sunland Vista and South Campbell Avenue. He may have been injured in the crash, Widmer said.

The woman who was assaulted, Cindy Burnett, 47, died at the scene. Balbastro succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. Balbastro’s 43-year-old passenger is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, Widmer said.

Good Samaritan killed in hit-and-run double homicide. Arizona Daily Star, 1/2/2014.

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