DPS: 2 killed in wrong-way crash on L-303 ID'd

Posted at 5:39 AM, Jan 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 00:43:11-05

Two people were killed Sunday morning after a wrong-way driver collided with another vehicle on the Loop 303, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Spokesman Raul Garcia said DPS dispatchers received reports of a maroon-colored SUV traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the Loop 303 near Bell around 1 a.m.

DPS troopers found a head-on crash involving a maroon SUV and a white truck shortly after.

Garcia said both drivers, both males, were declared dead at the scene. There were no passengers in either vehicle, he said.

Authorities said the wrong-way driver has been identified as 32-year-old Robert Andrew Cadman. The other driver was identified as 32-year-old Christopher John Ruiz, Jr. Both were from the Phoenix area.

It is not yet known why the suspect vehicle was traveling the wrong way, he said, but possibility of impairment has not been ruled out.

The roadway was closed for about six hours Sunday morning, but reopened shortly before 7 a.m., according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. 

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