Cactus Road closed for hours after deadly crash overnight

PHOENIX - Cactus Road was closed for hours Saturday morning after a deadly accident overnight in Phoenix near 40th Street.

According to Officer James Holmes with Phoenix Police Department, around 1:30 a.m., a Chevy Blazer driving eastbound at a high rate of speed rear-ended a Ford Expedition traveling in the same lane.

The Expedition was forced off the road and struck a block wall and tree.

The driver of the Expedition, 47-year-old Christopher James Kutcher, died after being critically injured in the accident.

The 33-year-old female driver of the Blazer, identified as Michelle Nicole Ayers, was processed for impairment and booked for manslaughter, police say.

Preliminary tests done at the hospital where Ayers was taken as a precaution found that Ayers was three times over the legal blood alcohol limit.


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