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"Goodyear placed Deputy Police Chief Justin Hughes on administrative leave Oct. 7. But it didn’t stop him from trying to save a life."

Goodyear placed Deputy Police Chief Justin Hughes on administrative leave Oct. 7.

But it didn’t stop him from trying to save a life.

Peyton Munger, 13, was run over by a Litchfield Elementary School District bus in a tragic accident Nov. 15, at Indian School Road and 144th Avenue in Goodyear. 

The accident happened just after 4 p.m. not far from Western Sky Middle School, which Peyton attended.

Hughes was interviewed Nov. 19, according to police records provided to the West Valley View last week.

According to the report by Kory Miyazato of the Goodyear Police Department, Hughes was waiting to make a left turn from 144th onto Indian School when he heard a horn blaring. Hughes saw legs under a bus and jumped out of his car to investigate.

Hughes rushed to attend to  the boy. “He stated he did not feel a pulse so he started CPR,” the report said.

Goodyear Fire Department and other emergency personnel then took over treatment of Peyton. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses told police the bus started to make a right-hand turn when Peyton either ran or rode a skateboard into the intersection. He hit the side of the bus and fell. The rear wheel of the bus then ran over him.

“After further investigation, it was determined no criminal charges would be filed against (the) bus driver,” Kory Miyazato of the Goodyear Police stated. “Based on the physical evidence from the scene, surveillance video, witness statements, (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office) and (Department of Public Safety) supplements, I came to the conclusion criminal charges were not warranted for this incident.” 

An unrelated investigation into a complaint against Hughes, which led to his Oct. 7 paid suspension, was completed. He is on extended personal leave, according to the city.