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DUI-Related Car Accident Results in Fatality

On Wednesday, at approximately 2:30 a.m., thirty-one-year-old (31) Anissa Wirth was killed in a DUI-related car accident.   According to Mesa Police, Ms. Wirth was heading east on West McLellan Road approaching North Country Club Drive in Mesa when her SUV collided with a vehicle driven by twenty-four-year-old (24) Andreah M. Patterson.   Mesa Police said the impact of the collision caused Ms. Wirth’s SUV to roll multiple times ejecting Ms. Wirth from her vehicle. Ms. Wirth was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. Patterson, suspected of drunk driving, was booked on one (1) count of manslaughter and one (1) count of endangerment.

According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1103, “A person commits manslaughter by: (1) Recklessly causing the death of another person.” Under Arizona law, manslaughter is considered a Class 2 Felony.  In Arizona, a conviction of manslaughter may result in harsh penalties such as up to 12.5 years in prison, driver’s license revocation, fines and probation.

According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1201, “A person commits endangerment by recklessly endangering another person with a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury.” Under Arizona law, endangerment that involves a “substantial risk of imminent death” is considered a Class 6 Felony.  A conviction of endangerment in Arizona may result in up to three (3) years in prison.

If you have been arrested for a DUI-related car accident that resulted in the death of another, contact the Phoenix DUI attorneys at the DUI Law Office Oracle Law Group Office P.C. today!