Tempe PD: Woman in Camaro goes airborne, collides with two vehicles

Posted at 2:52 PM, Mar 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 22:07:02-04

A woman takes her 2017 Camaro airborne before colliding with two other vehicles near Scottsdale Road and Loop 202.

Court records show that on March 7 an 18-year-old woman driving her brand new Camaro reached speeds over 125 miles per hour, before going airborne and colliding with two other vehicles. 

Tempe police report that Santika Tara Smith was driving her 2017 Chevy Camaro on the Loop 202 near Scottsdale Road about 1 a.m. at over 125 Miles per hour. 

A DPS Trooper activated his overhead lights, and that's when Smith says she, "whiskey throttled it," engaging the turbo and going even faster as she collided with the median. That collision caused her Camaro to go airborne and strike a vehicle stopped at the intersection. 

Police say the Camaro "slid across the hood" of the first car forcing both cars to hit a trailer being towed by a pickup truck. Smith's Camaro landed across five lanes of traffic five feet from a motorcyclist. 

The most severe injuries were the driver of the car hit by Smith. That driver suffered a broken nose, broken finger and other bruises. 

When police questioned Smith, she described her actions as "Stupid" saying, "there's nothing safe about this." She also felt she was a danger to the public, describing herself as, "Mostly I could call myself an enemy to the public."

She has been charged with multiple crimes including reckless driving, aggravated assault, and endangerment.