Woman Killed in Alleged Drunk-Driving Incident in Phoenix

Woman Killed in Alleged Drunk-Driving Incident in PhoenixA woman was recently killed in a Phoenix car crash with a suspected drunk driver.

According to local police, Irene Salazar, who is 44 years old, was killed on Thursday, October 27, at around 7 p.m., reports ABC 15.

Phoenix Fire Captain Todd Walker told Fox Phoenix four people were sent to the hospital as a result of the multi-vehicle incident and a fifth person refused treatment.

Phoenix police Sergeant Steve Martos explained to the news provider how the incident occurred.

“We understand that a Hispanic male driver, who we believe at this point is impaired, was driving southbound on 35th Ave. The first vehicle that he struck was stopped in the roadway waiting for a traffic signal to go green… struck that first vehicle from behind. That vehicle took the bulk of the impact,” the officer said. “That vehicle struck another vehicle beside it… the suspect vehicle continued southbound into oncoming traffic and collided with a pickup truck.”

The driver of the vehicle that allegedly sparked the fatal incident, 27-year-old Victor Emanuel-Molina Gualajara, was arrested and charged with manslaughter, endangerment and aggravated assault, reports the news provider. Blood test results are reportedly pending. Gualajara was also hospitalized as a result of the incident, Martos said.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 223 people killed in alcohol-related crashes in Arizona in 2010. In total, there were 5,295 crashes related to alcohol consumption and people aged between 25 and 34 years, the age group to which Gualajara belongs, were responsible for 1,467, or 27.71 percent, of them. This figure made the demographic responsible for the most alcohol-related crashes in the state during 2010.