PD: Woman who allegedly took pills, drugs and alcohol prior to driving, kills 2 in Mesa collision

Posted at 2:01 PM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-03 00:31:14-04

A 32-year-old woman was arrested after police believe she was driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she collided with another vehicle in Mesa. 

The driver and passenger in the vehicle Cassie Rene Sackrider hit both died from their injuries.

According to the Mesa Police Department, Sackrider was driving erratically near McKellips and Gilbert roads on August 28 when she rear-ended another person's car. Both vehicles traveled about 165 feet from the intersection. 

When medical crews arrived, they said Sackrider was combative and was showing signs consistent with those who are under the influence of drugs. 

Sackrider and the driver and passenger in the victim vehicle were taken to a hospital in Scottsdale for treatment of their injuries. Sackrider sustained a head injury and also had to have her spleen removed, but officials say the injuries didn't stop her from being combative. She was later sedated.

The driver and passenger of the other vehicle were taken to the hospital but didn't survive.

Police say Sackrider admitted to officials that she had alcohol, Xanax, marijuana and cocaine in her system prior to getting behind the wheel that day. She told officials she "nodded off" prior to the crash. 

Police say Sackrider has an "extensive arrest history" with police involving prostitution, burglary and armed robbery. The woman had recently moved to Arizona from Florida. 

The woman was arrested for violation of previous charges. She faces two counts of manslaughter stemming from Sunday's deadly collision.