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Sex Offender Charged With Dumping Woman’s Body On Street And Running Her Over To Stage Crash

Chesterfield, MI – A mother-of-three was dumped on the street and ran over by a convicted felon who police said tried to stage the scene too look like a pedestrian crash.

The Chesterfield Police Department (CPD) responded to the intersection of Hiddenbrook Drive and Burgess Lane for a report of a pedestrian crash in the early morning hours of Feb. 13, the Macomb Daily reported.

They arrived to find 42-year-old Teresa Sanchez suffering from visible injuries and clinging to life.

She died from her injuries at the scene, the Macomb Daily reported.

Police were told Sanchez had been hit by a vehicle, but the evidence they observed was not consistent with a traffic crash, according to police.

“It was a pretty horrific scene,” CPD Chief Brian Bassett told the Macomb Daily.

Chief Bassett said a portion of the incident was captured by a surveillance camera.

The footage showed a pickup driving into the intersection and dumping Sanchez’s body out onto the street, the Macomb Daily reported.

The driver then climbed back into the truck and ran her body over with the vehicle before driving away, police said.

The same pickup returned to the scene about a half hour later.

John Robert Galvan, 42, and his father were inside, according to police.

Galvan’s father called 911 but Galvan fled the scene as officers arrived, the Macomb Daily reported.

Firefighters and CPD officers quickly determined the story about Sanchez being the victim of a pedestrian crash was false, CPD Chief Brian Bassett told WDIV.

Investigators said Sanchez lived with Galvan just a few blocks away from the intersection where her body was found and that she was murdered as a result of a “violent domestic relationship,” according to the news outlet.

Galvan and his father were both taken into custody and his father was later released without charges.

Galvan has been arrested on charges of failure to stop at the scene of an accident when at fault resulting in death, manslaughter with a motor vehicle, operating with a suspended license causing death, and reckless driving causing death, WDIV reported.

He was being held on a $500,000 cash bond and is due back in court on Feb. 24.

“The defendant is charged with running [Sanchez] over with his vehicle and leaving her body out there for a period of time,” Macomb County Prosecutor Pete Lucido told the Macomb Daily. “Now the question is, why? A mother died, leaving behind three children.”

According to Michigan Department of Corrections records, Galvan previously served time in prison for second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under the age of 13, operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury, operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a controlled substance, and marijuana possession, the Macomb Daily reported.

He has also previously been arrested for driving with a suspended license, having an opened alcohol container in a vehicle, and possession of analogues, according to the paper.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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