Mesa PD: 3 dead, 1 in serious condition after 2-vehicle crash

MESA, AZ - Three people are dead and one remains in serious condition after a two-car collision in Mesa Wednesday night.

Mesa Fire Department spokesman Forrest Smith said the accident happened around 8 p.m near Brown and Recker roads.

Smith said when crews arrived to the scene they found three victims in a mid-size SUV, and one in a full-size pickup truck.

Mesa police said in a Thursday press release that it appears the SUV was eastbound on Brown Road when the pickup truck heading west drove left of the center line and hit the SUV head-on.

The driver of the SUV, 48-year-old Barbara Woods, died at the scene. The passenger in the front seat, identified as 40-year-old Marty Woods, was taken to a Scottsdale hospital where he later died, according to police.

Police said 26-year-old Brandon Harmon was a passenger in the back seat and was taken to a Scottsdale hospital where he is listed in serious condition.

The driver of the pickup truck has been identified as 46-year-old Bernard Knittel. Police said he was pronounced deceased after being taken to the hospital.

Police believe Knittel was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.


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