Three people were killed in a fiery car crash on the Loop 101 after their car burst into flames, reports The Arizona Republic. Police suspect that the deaths are related to drunk driving.
The fatal accident occurred in west Phoenix near the Indian School exit around 1:30 a.m. According to Captain Steve Harrison of the Department of Public Safety, the driver of a Hyundai car rear-ended a Chevrolet SUV hard enough to cause it to roll over.
The vehicle's fuel tank ruptured, which caused the car to burst into flames and kill the three people trapped inside. One of the occupants of the Hyundai was transported to a local hospital with a broken arm. There have been no reports on the condition of the occupant.
Harrison stated that impairment of the Hyundai driver may be a factor in the accident.
Under Arizona law, if a person is seriously injured or killed in an accident related to drunk driving, the impaired driver could face enhanced criminal charges and additional punishments, such as increased jail time. Suspected drunk driving fatalities, such as the one that may have occurred on the Loop 101, could potentially land the driver a class 4 felony for causing death by use of a vehicle or, at worst, murder charges, in addition to the criminal DUI charges against them.
If you have questions about aggravated DUI offenses, a Phoenix DUI attorney can help navigate you through the tough state DUI laws. It is important that all Arizona residents understand the possible consequences driving under the influence can bring against them. For more information, please visit our Related Resources.
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