String of Arizona Car Accidents Injure One, Kill Two

String of Arizona Car Accidents Injure One, Kill TwoA series of car accidents across Arizona have left two people dead and one DPS officer injured.

According to AZ Family, the Department of Public Safety worker was seriously injured when his patrol car was hit from behind while he was in the middle of overseeing a traffic accident in Phoenix.

The news source states the accident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27, in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 at the exit for the U.S. 60 interchange. The officer was reportedly inspecting an earlier car accident when a man suspected of driving under the influence allegedly sped into the back of the patrol car.

The officer was sitting in the driver’s seat when the accident occurred, while the two civilians from the previous accident were sitting in the back of the car. The DPS officer and one of the victims of the earlier accident were taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, however both are expected to make full recoveries, according to the news provider.

Also in Phoenix, a driver was killed after allegedly losing control during a race with another car on a stretch of 75th Avenue, the Tucson Citizen reports.

According to the media outlet, the crash occurred on Saturday, January 28, where 75th Avenue meets Thomas Road. Phoenix police spokesman Trent Crump stated the car crashed into a tree located on the median, and that the male driver was the only occupant of the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.

Witnesses stated that the car looked to be racing against a white Honda Civic, which was last seen in the northbound lanes of 75th Avenue. Police closed the road for hours following the crash to further investigate the incident.

In Tempe, a woman was killed and her child seriously injured after the car she was driving slammed into a residential home, ABC affiliate News 15 reports.

The accident occurred near University Drive and Dorsey Lane. Witnesses told the news source the car was traveling at about 50 miles per hour down an alley way before it hit the house.

Witness John Wise was inside his home when the crash occurred.

“I heard a loud bang, the rubble was everywhere, I knew something ran into the house,” he said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene while her 18-month-old child was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.