Arizona couple seriously injured after they were intentionally run over by truck
An Arizona mother is fighting for her life after a truck intentionally plowed into her and her partner while they were on a morning walk.
Lisa Lenahan, a former caregiver, remains in a medically induced coma with a brain bleed following the horror attack. Her partner Kirt Heaward, a retired veteran, was released from hospital Wednesday afternoon after breaking four ribs.
Refugio Barraza Torres is facing two counts of aggravated assault following the incident on Monday, February 6, after he reportedly told police he rammed into the couple because ‘the devil told me to kill three people’.
A neighbor chillingly claimed they believed Torres may have been stalking the couple, who are in their sixties, prior to the attack – although they reportedly did not know the driver.
Lisa Lenahan remains in a medically induced coma with a brain bleed following the horror attack, while her husband Kirt Heaward was released from hospital Wednesday afternoon after breaking four ribs
According to a GoFundMe page set up for the couple, Heaward is a retired Army veteran while Lenehan is a former caregiver
Shocking footage of the incident shows Torres slowly turning onto the street as the couple were on a peaceful morning stroll, after reportedly following them for several minutes.
The driver then rapidly speeds up, colliding with Lenahan and leaving her in critical condition.
Moments later, he returns and drives straight into Heaward, which causes him to crash into a brick wall.
Disturbing surveillance video of the aftermath shows Heaward’s leg in the rubble of the destroyed wall, while stunned witnesses frantically call 911.
After attempting to flee the scene, Torres’ right front wheel flies off, leaving a trail of skid tracks on the road which allowed Phoenix Police to track him down.
They located Torres at a nearby house, where he was spotted standing next to the truck with a missing tire.
According to court records, Torres told police that ‘the devil’ told him to kill three people. After officers asked him if he had done so, he replied: ‘I think so.’
Local reports stated that Torres’ wife informed police he was acting strange in the week leading up to the attack, and he told police he was having ‘trouble with his brain’.
Family members also claimed he was taking random medications, police said.
‘It’s a really horrible tragedy,’ said the couple’s attorney Chris Goodnow, who said the injured couple have been together for several years.
‘When you look at the footage it’s basically a small miracle they are alive right now.’
‘They’ve been separated. Kirt is dealing with his own injuries but thinking heavily of Lisa.’
Shocking footage of the attack shows the driver initially slowly pulling up near the couple
Torres is then seen chillingly speed up into the couple in their sixties
Lisa is then hit by the truck, as her desperate husband flings himself out of the way
Torres is seen returning to the scene and driving into Howard, who was left with broken ribs following the attack
A neighbor added that they believed Torres may have been stalking the couple prior to the vehicular assault.
Linda Gourley, who lives close to the scene, told ABC15: ‘To know that somebody was on the street, and I felt like he was almost stalking.
‘He was so slow. It wasn’t normal.
‘It was bad enough to see him hit the first go round, but to know that he turned around and came back, it was like ‘What in the world is going on?”
According to a GoFundMe page set up for the couple, which has since raised over $6,700, Heward is a retired Army veteran while Lenehan is a former caregiver.
The couple have four boys and six grandchildren between them.
‘This devastating incident will never be undone and will keep them from doing everything they love during retirement for the foreseeable future,’ stated the fundraiser.