Phoenix man charged in fatal wrong-way crash

Benjamin Charles Kuzelka

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Benjamin Charles Kuzelka

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by Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- A man is being held on $500,000 bond in a wrong-way freeway crash in Phoenix that killed a New York woman last month.
 
Maricopa County prosecutors say 27-year-old Benjamin Charles Kuzelka was arraigned Friday on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault, endangerment, aggravated DUI and criminal damage.

Kuzelka, of Phoenix, was arrested Thursday after being released from a hospital. He was recovering from injuries sustained in the Oct. 6 accident that killed 55-year-old Mary A. Boysman of Oswego, N.Y.

DPS officials say Boysman was a passenger in an SUV that was struck head-on by a vehicle driving in the wrong direction on State Route 51. The driver of the SUV was seriously injured and hospitalized for days.

According to court documents, the preliminary blood alcohol test taken by hospital staff showed that Kuzelka had a BAC of .281.

Court documents also state that Kuzelka had two previous DUI convictions in California in 2007.

Kuzelka doesn't have an attorney yet. His next court appearance is Nov. 14.

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