Arizona Student Killed in Suspected Drunk Driving Accident

Arizona Student Killed in Suspected Drunk Driving AccidentAn Arizona State University student was killed in a wreck near Mesa, Arizona, early Sunday morning in what officials say they believe was a car accident caused by a suspected drunk driver, Fox Phoenix KSAZ reports.

According to the news source, the accident shut down U.S. 60 outside Dobson, and involved a Corvette that allegedly rear-ended the car in front of it, which authorities suspect caused a deadly chain-reaction crash.

Student Giacomo Masolini, 22, of Scottsdale, was killed in the accident, while four others suffered serious injuries. Police say the three-vehicle crash occurred at about 3:30 a.m.

According to the news source, suspected drunk driver 24-year-old Mark William Clary is believed to have caused the crash, and now faces murder charges because of his alleged intoxication. Timothy Friedrich and Ed Jones, who were released from the hospital after receiving treatment for injuries they suffered in the accident, told Fox that they had only learned how serious the crash was after leaving the medical center.

“We were doing about 65, got hit in the back – and we didn’t even see it coming,” Friedrich said.

Friedrich, the driver of a Volkswagen that was hit by the Corvette, said he and Jones were heading home after work when they say the Corvette came speeding toward a red Corsica, which was carrying a total of three passengers in their 20s. Once it was hit, the Corsica was sent spinning out of control, and the Corvette then slammed into the Volkswagen.

“I didn’t know what happened,” Friedrich said.

“It felt like we were sitting still, and he hit us at 50 miles an hour. That’s how it felt,” Jones added.

However, Friedrich wasn’t able to assess the damage from the accident, as the driver of the Corvette fled the scene on foot, prompting Friedrich to attempt to chase him down. Although he wasn’t able to catch the alleged drunk driver, police found him a few hours later in a nearby neighborhood. Clary was found uninjured.

“He is in custody, facing second-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an injury accident,” said Department of Public Safety officer Carrick Cook.

As authorities were working to apprehend the suspect, emergency responders were tending to the injured victims in the Corsica. The rear passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening conditions. The front passenger is being treated, but is expected to survive, according to the news provider.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety has not released the names of the injured and deceased passengers, however it was announced that the driver suffered serious head trauma, and is currently in extremely critical condition. If he does not survive, Clary could face two counts of homicide.

Another crash in Phoenix over the weekend involved six vehicles, and was allegedly caused by the driver of a hearse who passed out behind the wheel, according to the Arizona Republic.

The driver of the hearse and the driver of a second car were taken to two nearby hospitals, the Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Trauma Center and the Mayo Clinic, however it is currently unclear which driver was sent where.

The investigation is being handled by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 106,177 car crashes in Arizona in 2010, 87,676 of which involved multiple vehicle. In total, 762 people were killed in Arizona crashes, and another 50,110 were injured.