PHOENIX -- Investigators are trying to determine if alcohol was a factor in a wreck that left one dead and two more, including a pregnant woman, injured Tuesday morning.
It happened just after midnight.The intersection of 35th Avenue and McDowell Road was closed because of the crash and subsequent investigation. That closure was expected to remain in place through the morning rush hour.
According to Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department, a Mercury Sable ran a red light and hit a pickup truck that was southbound in the curb lane of 35th Avenue. The truck spun into a Mercury Grand Marquis that was stopped on McDowell Road for the red light.
The driver of the pickup was thrown from his vehicle. He was killed.
The driver of the Sable was not wearing a seat belt, according to Holmes. That person suffered serious injuries.
"There were indications of possible intoxication from the suspect," he wrote in an email to media outlets several hours after the crash. Charges are pending.
The driver of the Marquis that was hit by the pickup was a 22-year-old woman who is six months pregnant. She was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. Holmes said she and her baby reportedly are in good condition.
Police have not released the names of the victims or the suspect.
3TV traffic reporter Gina Maravilla advised drivers to use 27th or 43rd avenues to go north from I-10. East-west commuters should use Thomas Road to get around the scene.