Driver killed in crash identified as 44-year-old Mesa woman

Posted at 12:29 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 16:14:17-04

Authorities say a Mesa woman was the driver killed in a collision with a wrong-way vehicle driven by a domestic-violence suspect who'd been chased by police in east-central Arizona before officers ended their pursuit.

Trooper Kameron Lee of the Arizona Department of Public Safety said 44-year-old Jennifer Lee Kurkoski was the driver killed in the Monday night crash on U.S. 60 several miles from the junction with State Route 79.

Lee said 18-year-old Jaeden Matthew Spurgeon of Globe was hospitalized for serious injuries and awaited booking in jail on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault and criminal damage in connection with the crash.

-PHOTOS: 50 MCSO mug shots of the week
-Valley woman assaulted before murder
-WIN! Enter to win 2017 HGTV Smart Home in Scottsdale

A passenger in Kurkoski's car also was injured. The driver of a third vehicle involved in the crash wasn't injured.