Arizona Car Crash Kills Mesa Woman, Police Continue Investigation

Arizona Car Crash Kills Mesa Woman, Police Continue InvestigationAn Arizona car crash left one woman dead on Monday, December 12.

The Tucson Citizen reports that a 23-year old woman from Mesa, Arizona, was killed in a car crash during the morning hours of December 12 after her car allegedly flipped and rolled on the Loop 202, leading authorities to close the eastbound lanes of the freeway between Higley and Recker Roads.

According to the news source, Department of Public Safety Officer Carrick Cook stated that Jacqueline Marple was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders at about 5 a.m. after the rollover accident, which occurred at the eastbound off-ramp at Recker Road. Officials from the DPS have not yet concluded what caused the one-car accident, however initial reports indicate the driver may have been under the influence of some substance.

“I do know that there is a potential for impairment,” Cook said, adding that it was determined that Marple took prescription medication and pill bottles were found in the vehicle. “That’s being investigated.”

According to ABC affiliate News 15, the eastbound lanes of the highway had to be shut down for hours as crews worked to clear the scene of debris. By 9 a.m., the workers had cleaned up the accident and traffic had resumed.

Cook told the Tucson citizen that there were no witnesses to the accident, and that the investigation is ongoing.

Data from the Arizona Department of Transportation show that a total of 106,177 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes throughout Arizona in 2010, which led to the deaths of 698 people.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “drugged driving” remains a lesser known problem than drunk driving, despite a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey that found that 18 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for at least one illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drug in 2009.