A 28-year-old woman shot in the stomach while driving on Interstate 10 early Sunday may have jumped off the westbound 19th Avenue off-ramp to escape her would-be killer.
The woman, a caregiver for the elderly, fell 21 feet, breaking bones in her face, wrists and a leg. Despite her injuries, she's expected to survive -- but her jaw is wired shut and she's heavily sedated, so police need help finding out who did it.
Police released the phone number and first name of the woman's sister, Staci, who tells New Times that her sister's assailant apparently tried to drive into the woman after shooting her.
"The car reversed on the freeway -- she jumped from the overpass to get away," Staci says.
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Phoenix police Detective Cindy Scott says that appears to be the case, although it's also possible the woman fell off the off-ramp because she was weak from being shot. Either way, the case is tragic, and cops have no good leads. Witnesses saw another vehicle, but couldn't get a description.
The woman had dropped off two friends at a parking garage after leaving a downtown Phoenix nightclub at 2:30 a.m. Police don't know why she exited on 19th Avenue, when her home is farther west. Staci says if her sister was concerned someone was following her, she might have tried to drive to the siblings' uncle's house, which is off 19th Avenue.
If you've got a tip on this one, call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or the Phoenix Police Department at 262-6141. -- Ray Stern