New Details Emerge in Fatal Mesa Drunk Driving Accident

New Details Emerge in Fatal Mesa Drunk Driving AccidentCourt documents released on Monday, April 16, provide more information on the fatal car crash that occurred near Mesa over the weekend and the alleged drunk driver, while a second passenger has died in a regional hospital.

According to the Arizona Republic, police announced 24-year-old Mark William Clary was driving his 2008 Corvette “at an extremely high rate of speed” when he hit another car on U.S. 60 between Alma School Road and Dobson Road just after 3:00 a.m. on Sunday. The driver of the sedan that was hit, identified as Mike Medows, suffered a major brain hemorrhage and was in critical conditions at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, where he later died on Monday afternoon.

Court documents show Clary’s vehicle traveled roughly 600 feet after the collision before coming to rest. It was also discovered that Clary had been driving with a restricted driver’s license that requires him to have an ignition interlock device on his vehicle. The device, which police say was not found inside Clary’s Corvette, would have ensured Clary could not drive drunk, as it only allows the car to be turned on if the driver blows a blood-alcohol reading of less than a certain percent.

Reports also show Clary made no attempt to call or notify emergency organizations about the crash. Since being apprehended, Clary has only spoken with his lawyer.

A detective working on the case said “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was present in the air” when he first entered the room where Clay was being held. The detective also noted “the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Clary’s breath.”

Clary is now facing charges of second-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident where death or injuries occurred. He is currently being held on a $350,000 bond, with his preliminary hearing set for April 25.

According to the Tucson Citizen, other court records that have appeared show Clary was convicted of a reduced charge of disorderly conduct in 2011.

Statistics from the Arizona Department of Transportation show that of the 106,177 accidents that took place across the country in 2010, 5,489 were alcohol-related. Such accidents resulted in 223 fatalities and 3,724 injuries.