Mesa police arrest woman in fatal crash


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 2:51 PM

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MESA, Ariz. – Mesa police arrested the driver of a Toyota that rear-ended a vehicle, killing the two occupants last week.

Mesa police detectives took Ingrid I. Morataya, 35, into custody as she was released from the hospital Monday afternoon. She faces charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and aggravated DUI.

Investigators believe impairment and speed were factors in the crash at Brown and Recker roads at about 5:15 a.m. on June 9.

Police said Morataya was driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser at an estimated 90 mph when she hit the back of a Chevy Malibu that was stopped at a red light. Guadalupe Madril, 37, and Jason Aguilera, 33, were killed in the crash.

The impact pushed the Malibu into an SUV, which rolled onto its top. A fourth vehicle was sideswiped by Morataya's vehicle. Those two drivers suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police said Morataya exited her vehicle after the collision and began doing yoga and calisthenics on the sidewalk.

She was transported to a local hospital where she was diagnosed with a broken vertebra.

According to court records, Morataya admitted to smoking marijuana the night before and said that it could have been laced with "something."

Court paperwork shows that Morataya is required to have an ignition interlock device on her vehicle.


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