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Driver in deadly I-17 crash has history of DUI

Posted at 4:30 AM, Feb 16, 2016

A deadly wreck on I-17, just after midnight Tuesday morning, killed a man heading to work on his motorcycle.

State troopers say Dennis Oddo, 57, was pulling onto the highway from Happy Valley Road when 33-year-old Leith Monroe hit him.

"The passenger car rear-ended the motorcycle at a high rate of speed, causing one of the front wheels to sheer off that vehicle as it struck that motorcycle," DPS Public Information Officer Raul Garcia said.

State troopers tell ABC15 that Monroe tried to drive away from the crash, but the car was too damaged to get far.

According to the official report, a witness saw Monroe get out of her vehicle and stumble around. Soon after, the responding trooper detected a strong smell of alcohol coming from her and the vehicle. Multiple bottles of alcohol including vodka were found in the passenger side of the car -- some empty, according to records.

Monroe reportedly refused to identify herself and was verbally and physically violent toward troopers.

"She has been uncooperative from the beginning with state troopers and state detectives," Garcia said.

At one point, she even tried to grab the needle as troopers took her blood during a DUI test before she was booked into jail.

A DPS spokesman said Monroe was under the influence at the time of the crash, and he says it's not the first time she's been drunk behind the wheel.

ABC15 found at least one pending DUI case against Monroe. Flagstaff police say she was arrested in October 2014 when they noticed a suspicious car in a parking lot and discovered her inside. They took a blood sample that day, and she was charged in January when the lab results were returned.

Official documents also mention a DUI conviction from Dec. 31, 2012.

Relatives say the victim in Tuesday's crash, Dennis Oddo, adored his Harley. His Facebook page is full of pictures of his fun journeys on two wheels.

His brother, Tommy Oddo, said Dennis was a safe rider and had added extra lights on the back of his bike. DPS says he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

"He lived his life to the fullest, and it was taken away from him by a drunk driver," said Tommy.

Suzanne Oddo tells ABC15 her husband, Dennis, was a "strong, happy, handsome man."

The couple had a blended family with six kids between them.