1 killed in DUI crash on I-17 near Anthem; suspect was wanted on drug charges


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 6:40 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 11:57 AM

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NEAR ANTHEM, Ariz. -- One person is dead after a late-night crash on southbound Interstate 17 that closed the freeway overnight and into the early morning hours Tuesday.

It happened shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday near Daisy Mountain Drive, which is north of the Carefree Highway.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a speeding SUV rear-ended a car, causing both vehicles to spin out of control.

Victor House, 61, was behind the wheel of the car, which flew off the roadway.

DPS investigators said House was helping two friends bring a car back from Prescott. They were in front of him when the SUV hit him.

DPS spokesman Bart Graves said they, along with some other good Samaritans, immediately stopped and tried to save House. Despite their efforts, he died at the scene.

Although the SUV rolled over, the driver, who has not been identified, reportedly tried to run from the accident scene. A witness tackled him and held him until Maricopa County sheriff's deputies arrived.

Investigators have not released much information about the 27-year-old man, saying only that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest on drug-related charges out of California.

At this point, detectives believe the man was drunk when he plowed into the back of House's car. The suspect is in the hospital. He will be taken into custody when he is released and could face a charge of vehicular manslaughter.

Southbound I-17 was closed for about seven hours because of the wreck and subsequent investigation. The freeway was finally reopened at about 6:30 a.m.