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Phoenix Woman, Markella Benetos, Killed in DUI Crash on Loop 101

Garrett Steven Meyer, 24, of Sun City, Calif. was arrested on charges of reckless manslaughter and criminal damage after a collision on Loop 101 that resulted in the death of a 62-year-old Phoenix woman, reports The Arizona Republic.

The woman, Markella Benetos of Phoenix, was ejected from her Nissan SUV when Meyer’s car rear-ended hers just after 3 a.m. on March 10.

Benetos was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities had received several calls about the tan Chevrolet Impala driven by Meyer. Reports claimed that the Chevrolet had been driving erratically, cutting other cars off and using all lanes of traffic, writes The Republic. The car was reportedly driving at a speed of 80 mph.

Scottsdale Police arrested Meyer after the collision. A breathalyzer test registered Meyer's blood-alcohol content at 0.154, which under Arizona law constitutes an Extreme DUI. He allegedly admitted that he had been drinking. He also admitted that he was a recovering alcoholic.

Detectives believe that Meyer was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash, in addition to being under the influence of alcohol.

In Arizona, drivers can be charged with Extreme DUI if their blood-alcohol content registers over 0.15, which is almost double the legal limit in Arizona. Penalties for Extreme DUI include up to 30 days in jail, a $250 fine, a $250 DUI assessment, a $1,000 assessment to the state prison fund and a $1,000 assessment to the state public safety fund. Offenders also risk having their license suspended and having ignition interlock devices installed on their cars.

Meyer, however, faces graver consequences than mere license suspension and some fines, as his suspected DUI resulted in the death of another. If found guilty, he could be locked away for some time.

Meyer is being held at the Lower Buckeye Jail on a $75,000 bond.

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