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Yuma man arrested after deadly Phoenix crash in December

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Posted at 11:14 AM, Aug 29, 2019

PHOENIX — A Yuma man has been arrested for manslaughter and endangerment after a deadly crash last December in Phoenix.

Donald Buthmann, 23, was arrested Wednesday morning by Yuma County Sheriff's Deputies.

On December 27, police say, Buthmann was making an "aggressive left turn in front of two vehicles in the left turn lane." He was turning to southbound 43rd Avenue from Thunderbird Road when a Mercury Mountaineer collided with his car, witnesses say.

There were four passengers in Buthmann's Camry, and none were injured, according to police.

The driver of the Mercury, 18-year-old Breanna Olson, was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, police say. The four passengers in Olson's car were uninjured in the crash.

Police reported that Olson died the next day.

Court records show that when he was questioned at the time of the crash, Buthmann "admitted to smoking a joint two hours ago." He initially refused to take a blood test, forcing police to get a warrant to get the blood test.

He is being held on a $100,000 bond, and his next court date is September 5.