Impairment a factor in deadly I-10 crash; 28-year-old female killed

07/29/13 - Authorities said impairment is "likely" a factor in this morning's deadly rollover crash that closed westbound Interstate 10 for several hours Sunday.

Carrick Cook, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said a 28-year-old Arizona woman has died after she was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver Sunday morning on the westbound Interstate 10 at 67th Avenue.

Cook said witness reports indicate a grey passenger car was driving westbound on the Interstate 10 "well above the speed limit and swerving." The car smashed into the female's blue pickup truck forcing it to rollover into the median around 8:40 a.m. Sunday morning.

The woman was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

The 27-year-old male driver, suspected of being impaired, was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital with "moderate" injuries. He is expected to survive.

Authorities are beginning to process the scene as a homicide.

The Arizona Department of Transportation closed the westbound Interstate 10 at 67th Avenue for nearly five hours due to the crash. Drivers were forced off at the westbound 67th Avenue exit.

ADOT said the freeway reopened just before 2 p.m. The HOV and left lanes of eastbound Interstate 10 at 67th Avenue reopened shortly after 10 a.m.