SURPRISE, AZ — One person has died after a crash in Surprise involving a box truck, semi-truck and two cars.
At about 11 a.m. Monday, troopers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety were called to a crash in the southbound lanes of Grand and 163rd avenues.
During an investigation, DPS learned a Penske box truck crashed into a Toyota passenger. The impact of that crash forced the Toyota into the desert where it came to a stop. Two people inside the car were hurt, but the extent of their injuries is unclear.
The Penske truck then struck a semi-truck and a Nissan Altima killing the driver who was the only person inside. The driver has been identified as 69-year-old Jeffrey Hilbert of Wickenburg. The driver of the semi was not hurt.
Officials initially stated the semi-truck hit the box truck but later clarified.
The driver of the Penske truck, identified as Dewey Sigler of Phoenix, was taken to a hospital after complaining of a possible heart attack, according to a police report.
While at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, medical staff found a bag containing approximately 30 pills, presumably fentanyl, with Sigler's belongings. He stated that he uses about 10 fentanyl pills daily, according to the report.
Hospital's initial toxicology report stated there was a presumptive positive for methamphetamines in Sigler's urine.
He was later released and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on several charges including manslaughter and drug-related offenses.