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PD: One killed, one injured in overnight crash near I-17 and Van Buren

Posted: 7:48 AM, Nov 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-08 09:53:58-05
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PHOENIX — One person is dead and another is suffering from "incapacitating injuries" following a crash near I-17 and Van Buren late Thursday night.

According to police, a 31-year-old woman was driving eastbound on Van Buren Road "at a high rate of speed" around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Police say the woman left the roadway and continued to drive east when she drove onto a raised median, hit a sign and a large metal pole.

The woman's 2019 Kia Optima then hit a Chevy Tahoe and Jaguar that were stopped at a red light at the intersection of the I-17 overpass.

Police say the 31-year-old driver of the Kia was pronounced dead on the scene. Her identity has not been made available by police.

A 29-year-old passenger in the Kia was transported to the hospital, where police say he is suffering from "incapacitating injuries." His identity is unavailable at this time.

The 51-year-old driver of the Tahoe and 37-year-old driver of the Jaguar were uninjured, according to police. Neither driver was impaired, according to a Drug Recognition Expert from the Vehicular Homicide Unit.

Police say the driver of the Kia appeared to be speeding and under the influence at the time of the crash.