Valley Man Fails at Suicide. Succeeds in Killing Innocent Victim

Instead of thoughtfully blowing his brains out and sparing unsuspecting victims the grief caused by his suicidal intentions, a Valley man failed to kill himself in the worst way possible last year -- he crashed his SUV into an oncoming Mercedes Benz. He survived, but the woman driving the Mercedes wasn't as lucky.

This week, Phoenix police arrested David Mark Buot for the October 22, car wreck that killed 49-year-old Christine Anderson.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, Buot was driving his 2003 Toyota 4-Runner eastbound near 6200 East Pinnacle Peak Road when he crossed over the center of the
roadway into on-coming traffic and collided head on with a Anderson's Mercedes.

Anderson later died from her injuries, but Buot -- although injured -- lived.

Over the course of the investigation into the wreck, detectives from the PPD's Vehicular Crimes Unit determined Buot intentionally crossed the median in attempt to kill himself. He failed, and instead took the life of an innocent woman.

Anderson's family issued the following statement:

"I wish to recognize the Phoenix Police Department's Vehicular Crimes Unit Detectives for their tireless efforts on this case regarding the senseless death of my beautiful wife Chris. Her loss has been and will continue to be a life altering experience for me, my three sons, and for all who were fortunate enough to have known her."

Buot now faces one count of second-degree murder.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
James King
Contact: James King