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PD: Arrest made in fatal New Year's Eve DUI crash with airport shuttle van

Woman critical after airport shuttle hit by red-light runner
Posted at 10:54 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 13:54:41-04

PHOENIX — A man has been arrested in connection to a fatal New Year's Eve DUI crash with an airport shuttle van.

Phoenix police arrested 49-year-old David Garcia Arteaga on Thursday at his home near 16th Street and Thomas Road.

On the night of December 31, 2019, Phoenix officers responded to the intersection of 32nd and Washington streets to investigate reports of a two-car collision, according to Phoenix police spokeswoman Mercedes Fortune.

Police say the airport shuttle was traveling northbound on 32nd Street when it was struck by Arteaga's truck traveling east on Washington.

Witnesses and surveillance video reportedly showed that Arteaga ran the red light at the intersection.

The truck's data recorder reportedly showed that the vehicle was going about 60 miles per hour at impact.

The driver of the bus, a 39-year-old man, and one passenger, a 74-year-old man, suffered minor injuries. Another passenger, 75-year-old Kathleen Watson, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Watson's family said she was coming back from a 10-day trip to Hawaii when the airport shuttle was hit head-on. Watson and her life partner were just one block from their car which was parked in a park n' ride near 32nd and Washington streets.

Police say Arteaga remained at the scene and was taken to a hospital where he required multiple surgeries. Court records show that his BAC level was .192.

Arteaga was arrested for endangerment, aggravated assault, and second-degree murder.