Driver dies after I-10 rollover that injured 7 children


by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on April 22, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 2:01 PM

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PHOENIX -- One person was killed and eight others were injured when an SUV rolled on eastbound Interstate 10 in Phoenix on Monday afternoon.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said a Dodge SUV carrying two adults and seven children suffered "tire tread separation" at about 3 p.m. near 35th Avenue.

The driver lost control of the SUV, which spun out. The vehicle went off the road on the right-hand side of the highway, slammed into some landscaping then rolled over, according to DPS spokesman Bart Graves.

The woman who was driving was ejected and died from her injuries. She has been identified as Guadalupe Najera Bautista, 33, of Phoenix. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to DPS.

The front-seat passenger, identified as Eva Meza Reyna, 49, of Phoenix, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The children, who range in age from 5 to 10, were treated for minor injuries.

Graves said none of the passengers was properly restrained.


The Associated Press contributed to this report