Erin Corona arrested after wrong-way crash on Loop 202 in Mesa

MESA, AZ - Authorities say a Phoenix-area freeway collision involving a wrong-way driver resulted in that driver's arrest and serious injury to another motorist.

State Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia says DPS received several calls about a wrong-way driver in the three minutes before the crash occurred Tuesday night in westbound lanes of the Loop 202 freeway in Mesa.

James Stevens, who says he was on the 202-West when all of this happened, just 300 yards away from the crash, admits it has made it scary for him to drive on freeways.

"Man, it makes you scared to go on the freeways anymore. But you have to. It's a part of life and you have to get back up on it," said Stevens.

Garcia says 33-year-old Erin Corona of Peoria was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, criminal damage and endangerment.

According to court records, Corona admitted to the investigating officer that she had been drinking before the collision. A field sobriety test was conducted and the examiner concluded that Corona was impaired at the time of the crash.

The other driver's injuries included a broken leg.

Garcia says the accident is a reminder that drivers need to avoid distractions because split seconds count when confronted with hazards such as wrong-way drivers.

Corona is being held on $50,000 bond.

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