Police: Fiery crash caused by impaired driver


by Kristine Harrington


Posted on May 26, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Updated Thursday, May 29 at 12:18 PM

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- A driver, who police suspect was impaired, caused a fiery crash Monday afternoon that left three children and three adults injured.

The two vehicle wreck happened just after 1 p.m. at 75th and Grand avenues in Peoria.

Everyone involved was out of their vehicles before emergency crews arrived on scene. Most of their injuries are reportedly minor.

Police said the driver of a white SUV was possibly speeding in the southbound lanes of 75th Avenue when he failed to stop for a red light and crashed into a blue Honda Pilot stopped in front of him.

Five people were inside the Honda, a man, a woman, a 14-year-old boy and two five-year-old girls in car seats. Their vehicle flipped over and slid through the intersection.

The children were transported to Phoenix Children's Hospital with minor injuries. The woman was okay. The man, who was driving, suffered more serious injuries.

The driver of the white SUV, who caused the crash, was trapped in his vehicle. Witnesses took action to help him.

"We tried to get this guy out, the driver...he was trapped in there. We pulled him out," said witness Dan Haveluck. "His car started on fire. We didn't have any fire extinguishers or anything so we let the fire department come. He was pretty dazed. I mean he was responsive but he was dazed."

Police think that driver was drunk.

The intersection was restricted for much of the afternoon. It was completely reopened at about 5 p.m.