PD: Driver left scene after deadly crash into Glendale canal

Posted at 4:35 AM, Mar 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-31 11:26:46-04

GLENDALE, AZ — Glendale police say one person is dead after a crash into a canal early Tuesday morning.

Officials say a car traveling westbound on Maryland Avenue failed to stop at a red light, hitting a truck that was headed southbound on 99th Avenue. The impact of the crash sent the truck into the canal, killing the driver.

The driver of the car reportedly left the vehicle at the scene but fled before police arrived to investigate the crash.

Police have identified the person killed in the crash as 50-year-old Leauna Christensen of Phoenix.

Leauna Christensen
Leauna Christensen

Police said Wednesday that the suspect driver has been identified. Due to medical treatment and the ongoing investigation, his name is not being released at this time.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.