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Tempe police find bar receipts in Torre’s office

 by Sandy Almendarez, State Press
 published on Friday, August 24, 2001


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Tempe police found bar receipts in the office of a suspect in a hit-and-run accident that killed an ASU freshman.

The receipts were from Aug. 17, the day before the accident occurred. Police declined to say what time of day the receipts were issued and what items were purchased.

The police acquired a search warrant to inspect Mark Aaron Torre’s workplace, home and vehicle hoping to find pieces of glass that might have been transferred from the broken window of his 2001 black Ford Mustang. Items obtained from his house included bank statements, a traffic ticket and a sales contract for a 2001 Ford Mustang.

Tempe police Sgt. Randy Fougner said he could not release any information about the investigation.

“The detectives have done follow-up investigations, and there has been movement in the case but nothing that I can comment on at this time,” he said.

Torre’s attorney, Tom Chornenky, contacted police and said that he represented “someone who may be involved in a hit-and-run collision,” according to police reports.

Chornenky said that Torre, who is an ASU graduate, would not be making any statements concerning the collision and was not available for comment.

A black Ford Mustang was traveling westbound on Apache Boulevard exceeding the 35 mph speed limit by 20 mph Saturday. While crossing McAllister Avenue, the vehicle hit and killed 18-year-old Jessica Woodin, who was crossing Apache Boulevard against the light at about 2:15 a.m.

A Mustang, registered in Torre’s name, was found at 10th Street and Mitchell Road in Phoenix at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Police reported that the vehicle had damage to the front end, windshield, top and rear and the interior contained broken glass. Tissue, blood and hair were also found on the car

Torre was booked on a felony charge of hit-and-run by the Maricopa County Attorney and released.

Torre received a bachelor of science in political science with a minor in philosophy from ASU in May 1995. He attended Harvard Law School and is currently a lawyer at the law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey in Phoenix.

Representatives of Torre’s law firm declined to comment.

Reach Sandy Almendarez at salmend@imap2.asu.edu.



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