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73 Year-Old Driver Causes Two Fatal Accidents

According to the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office, on Wednesday morning, a seventy-three-year-old woman caused two car accidents both involving fatalities. The first accident occurred on the Bush Highway in the Tonto National Forest at approximately 9:00 a.m. when the woman, who was driving an SUV, hit a bicyclist, a woman in her 50s, and continued driving.

According to Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office Spokesman Deputy Joaquin Enriquez, the bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Deputy Enriquez said witnesses to the hit-and-run accident contacted 911 and then followed the driver of the SUV. A few minutes later, the woman was involved in another accident at Ellsworth and McKellips Roads after running a red light. According to investigators, the woman T-boned another vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 50s, later died at the hospital.

Deputy Enriquez said the woman was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Police do not yet know whether the woman was driving impaired. However, Deputy Enriquez said the woman could face manslaughter charges if the results show that she was driving under the influence.

A person found guilty of causing an accident due to impaired driving that results in the death of another will likely be charged with manslaughter. According to Arizona Revised Statute 13-1103, manslaughter is defined as “recklessly causing the death of another person.”

Under Arizona law, a person can be charged with manslaughter even if he did not “intend” to injure another person.

Manslaughter charges from a DUI related accident will likely be considered a Class 1 felony punishable by 10 to 25 years in prison for a first time offender.

If you are facing manslaughter charges as the result of a DUI related car accident, contact the drunk driving attorneys at the law firm Oracle Law Group Office P.C. today.