Driver arrested after deadly crash on I-10 near 107th Avenue

I-10 crash at 107th Avenue
Posted at 5:14 AM, May 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-10 15:19:41-04

AVONDALE, AZ — A driver has been arrested after authorities say he caused a deadly crash on Interstate 10 near 107th Avenue.

At about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, emergency crews were called to the crash in Avondale.

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Officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety said it involved three vehicles with at least one fatality.

According to court documents, Hector Javier Lopez was driving when he allegedly rear-ended another vehicle causing it to spin out and come to a rest in oncoming traffic.

A third vehicle then struck the second vehicle on the driver's side. The driver of that second vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the third vehicle was taken to a hospital with a broken arm and head trauma, according to records.

While at the scene, medical personnel reported smelling an odor of alcohol coming from Lopez, who was in the driver's seat.

At the hospital, Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers also reported smelling an odor of alcohol.

He was arrested and is facing charges for reckless manslaughter and aggravated assault causing serious physical injury.

All eastbound lanes were closed until early Monday morning.