Police: Woman Involved in Fatal Phoenix Car Wreck Under the Influence of Alcohol

A woman who reportedly hit someone while driving is said to have drunk prior to the incident.Police said recently they believe a woman who was involved in a fatal automobile accident in Phoenix on Tuesday, October 11, was apparently under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Phoenix Police Department spokesperson Sergeant Trent Crump affirmed on Wednesday that the department intensified its investigation into the early morning event. Crump said that Phoenix police responded at about 5 a.m. to an alleged car accident involving 30-year-old Elizabeth Carrillo Escareno.

Escareno was reportedly driving southbound on 19th Avenue in the curb lane when she approached Lower Buckeye Road. Police reports indicate witnesses present asserted Escareno failed to stop at a red light. As a result, she reportedly collided with a vehicle traveling eastbound whose driver was attempting to turn left at the intersection, Crump said.

KPHO News reports Phoenix police deputies identified the driver of the second vehicle as 27-year-old Nicole Gillum. She was killed as a result of the incident, Crump affirmed. What’s more, two passengers who were reportedly in her car at the time – a 27-year-old man and a 5-year-old boy – both sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision, according to Crump.

Moreover, Crump said a 2-year-old boy who was reportedly in the backseat of Gillum’s vehicle was in “extremely critical” condition in the immediate aftermath of the apparent motor vehicle accident. First responders who arrived at the scene said the boy seemed to have sustained severe head injuries, which apparently included bleeding on the brain.

Crump said that after the incident, Escareno admitted to having imbibed prior to operating her car. She told police during questioning that she had consumed between five or six beers before driving in the early morning hours.

As a result of her apparent admittance of driving under the influence of alcohol, Escareno has been charged with one count of manslaughter and three counts of aggravated assault, according to the news provider.

Aside from the criminal case brought against her by public officials, it is unknown whether the alleged victims will contact a personal injury attorney to file suit against Escareno.

There were 5,489 alcohol-related crashes in Arizona in 2010, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.