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Auto accident in Arizona results in death, injury and an arrest

At certain times during the day, driving on the Interstate in some areas of Arizona can be a nightmare. Traffic gets backed up, congestion can be awful and the inability to control the actions of other drivers can make this type of situation frightening. Recently, a fatal auto accident occurred on a busy section of Interstate 17 in the Phoenix area, resulting in one death, an injury and the arrest of the semi driver deemed responsible.

The accident occurred earlier this month near Bell Road. A 22-year-old male was killed when his SUV was reportedly rear-ended by a semi-trailer. In total, four cars where hit by the truck. A passenger in another vehicle was transported to a hospital for care, though few details have been released regarding this individual's current condition. The injuries suffered were reported as life-threatening.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the semi driver, a 54-year-old male, was arrested shortly after the incident. Officers on scene reportedly administered field sobriety tests before making the arrest. This individual was booked into jail on charges of DUI and second-degree murder. It is believed that other charges are likely to be filed in this case.

Along with the criminal charges associated with this event, the semi driver may also face civil claims by the surviving victim and the family members of the deceased man. Personal injury and wrongful death claims may be filed in an Arizona court in hopes of recovering any monetary losses sustained as a result of this auto accident. These claims can be made against the driver believed responsible for the damages and possibly his employer. If either is found liable for this incident, financial compensation may be granted.

Source:, "Driver arrested after deadly crash on I-17", Amanda Goodman, Nov. 19, 2014

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