Jury Finds Impaired Driver Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder Featured

Penny Cramer November 02, 2022 86


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  • Jonathan Eugene Floyd, 44, was driving southbound from Las Vegas, when he crossed the double yellow line
  • Floyd first struck a commercial vehicle
  • Then he slammed into a family van carrying a married couple and their five children
  • Two children were killed, others injured
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Floyd was found to be impaired with alcohol and medications

Late Friday, October 28, 2022, a Yavapai County jury found Jonathan Eugene Floyd, 44, guilty of two counts of Second-Degree Murder, four counts of Aggravated Assault, two counts of Endangerment, and one count of Criminal Damage, according to Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk. The charges stem from a fatal three vehicle collision that occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 3, 2020.

At that time, Floyd was driving southbound from the Las Vegas area on a remote portion of U.S. Highway 93 in Yavapai County. Near milepost 175, Floyd crossed the double yellow line which separated the highway and entered the northbound lane, first striking a commercial vehicle. Floyd then slammed into a family van carrying a married couple and their five children.

According to Deputy Yavapai County Attorney Kristen Sharifi, “To avoid Floyd, the driver of the van took evasive action by turning his steering wheel sharply to the right. Despite this heroic effort, Floyd violently smashed into the family van. When the van came to rest in the middle of the dark desert, the family learned the left side of the van had been destroyed, instantly killing two of the five children and injuring the other members of the family.”

The Arizona Department of Safety, Highway Patrol and the Vehicular Crimes Unit responded to the devastating scene. Floyd’s blood was obtained, and test results determined he was impaired due to alcohol and medications at the time of the collision.

Polk stated: “My heart goes out to this family and nothing we do can bring back their children. I do want to thank the jury for their attention to the details of this case, to the investigators from DPS, and to our prosecution team, Deputy County Attorneys Kristen Sharifi and Chris Michalsky, and others in our office for their hard work in bringing this case to justice.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 5, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. before the Honorable Debra Phelan of the Yavapai County Superior Court. Floyd was on felony parole at the time of these crimes and faces a prison sentence ranging from 16 to 48 years for the two murder convictions.

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