Officer Cruz, along with two other DPS officers, was blocking the high speed traffic lane of Interstate 10 in Tucson with his patrol vehicle while investigating a prior collision. A westbound vehicle driven by Marissa Rodriguez, 21, struck the rear of Officer Cruz’s vehicle, which was positioned at the far-east end of the collision scene. Officer Cruz was sitting in his vehicle at the time of the collision and received fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Rodriguez was sentenced to 11 years for manslaughter. There was no trial in this case, the family agreed to a plea bargain of 11 years. Rodriguez was released on parole to her parents on June 22, 2009 and completed her parole on January 21, 2011.