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Red-light runner believed to be impaired, killing two people in crash in Apache Junction

Posted at 9:13 PM, Apr 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-13 19:51:20-04

APACHE JUNCTION — Two people were killed Saturday evening in Apache Junction by a driver who ran a red light.

Police believe the driver was impaired at the time of the crash.

A man and a woman were driving a three-wheeled motorcycle through the intersection of Ironwood Drive and Superstition Boulevard at approximately 6:30 p.m. when a driver in a sedan ran a red light and hit the motorcycle, according to Apache Junction police.

The driver of the sedan was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

"I heard a big ol' bang and I came outside," said Cheri Benjamin, who lives near the intersection the crash occurred.

She took ABC15 there the day after she watched police investigate the crash.

"I checked both of their pulses," Benjamin said.

Another witness shared images, some too graphic to show, as emergency crews worked to help save lives.

"For it to be right here, in the sidewalk, is kind of concerning. My husband has had issues with people not paying attention," added Benjamin.

Benjamin says she and her neighbors see cars speeding through the intersection all the time.

She hopes the city steps in to help slow down traffic.

"Maybe putting in one of those monitoring things in to check for speed and to take pictures," she said.

Police aren't yet releasing the names of the elderly man and women who were killed. Investigators say they are still trying to notify the family.

As for the driver, police say that person is in the hospital. According to police, that driver will likely be charged and booked once released.

The crash remains under investigation.