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PD: 19-year-old arrested in deadly 2018 Phoenix crash

Posted: 11:15 AM, Sep 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-20 14:15:30-04
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PHOENIX — A 19-year-old has been arrested for causing a deadly multi-vehicle crash last September where a 17-year-old girl died.

On Thursday afternoon, police arrested 19-year-old Dakota Austin Behan at his home near Frank Lloyd Wright drive and Thompson Peak Parkway.

On September 12, 2018, officers responded to the scene near 32nd Street and Union Hills Drive around 7:30 p.m. after the driver of a Kia sedan was speeding when he went through a red light and collided with a Ford pickup truck.

Phoenix police said the force of the collision caused the Kia, driven by Behan, to collide with a second Ford F-150 as the driver was waiting to turn at the intersection.

Three teens inside the Kia were rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

A 17-year-old girl who was a passenger inside the sedan died from her injuries, police said. The teen was later identified as Anika Zibell.

Behan, who was 18 years old at the time, was hospitalized in critical condition, and a 16-year-old boy inside the car suffered minor injuries.

The drivers of both pickup trucks were treated for minor injuries.

A Maricopa County Grand Jury issued a warrant for Behan’s arrest on charges of manslaughter and endangerment.

He is being held on a $100,000 bond.