Driver Killed After Being Ejected from Car in Arizona Interstate 10 Crash

Driver Killed After Being Ejected from Car in Arizona Interstate 10 CrashA Phoenix man was killed on Monday, October 31, in a highway crash in Arizona that threw him from his car, the Tucson Citizen reports.

According to the news source, the 27-year-old man died in the early morning accident after the pickup he was driving allegedly crashed into an SUV that was traveling in the same direction. The crash caused a large section of Interstate 10 to be shut down in the Avondale area.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) told the media outlet that Donald McCreedy, who was driving the pickup truck, allegedly collided with the back of a white Jeep sport utility vehicle at about 2:10 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10, near the Dysart Road exit. The extent of the damage led cleanup crews to close the section of the road for about four hours. The freeway was reopened shortly before 6:30, the news provider stated.

The white Jeep, which was driven by Lewis Cole, a 45-year-old man from Surprise, Arizona, reportedly rolled onto its roof before coming to a stop in the middle of the highway. Officials from the DPS stated that McCreedy was ejected from his pickup truck during the crash. First responders stated McCreedy was catapulted over the retaining wall that lined the road, and was found dead in a dry river bed not far from the highway.

Initial investigations show that McCreedy was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

According to the Citizen, Cole was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries and later released.

In 2010, there were 63 traffic fatalities in Pinal County, Arizona, where the Avondale crash occurred, according to data from the Arizona Department of Transportation.