Driver in deadly Mesa crash facing DUI charges

MESA, AZ - A woman is facing charges including aggravated DUI, endangerment and manslaughter after a Mesa car accident that left two people dead last week .

Ingrid Morataya, 35, was arrested after being released from the hospital where she was receiving treatment for a broken vertebrae she sustained in the deadly accident.

Court documents say that Morataya admitted to fire personnel after the crash that she was traveling 120 mph in a 45 mph zone, though police had estimated her speed to be around 90 mph.

While traveling north on Recker Road in Mesa at high speeds, Morataya struck the back of another vehicle with such impact that both the driver of the second vehicle and the passenger were instantly killed.

The second vehicle then struck another vehicle due to impact, documents say.

Morataya reportedly got out of her vehicle after the crash and began to "act extremely strange," documents say, by reportedly doing yoga-type poses.

She was taken to the hospital where someone noticed signs of impairment. Morataya later admitted that she had smoked marijuana the night before that "could have been laced with 'something.'"

Evidence from the crash showed no sign that Morataya attempted to brake or prevent the accident as she approached the vehicles ahead of her.

Morataya also has a prior felony DUI conviction.


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