Alcohol factor in fatal accident.

Alcohol factor in fatal accident.

Alcohol factor in fatal accident.

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on May 25, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 25 at 11:46 AM

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MESA, Ariz - One person is in police custody after a fatal accident Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Country Club Drive and McLellan Road.

Just after 2:30 p.m. a green 1997 Ford Explorer was traveling north on County Club Drive through the intersection on a green light when a blue 1998 Ford Taurus traveling east on McLellan Road approaching County Club Drive failed to stop for the red traffic signal, hitting the Ford Explorer.

The Taurus caused the Explorer to roll several times and the driver to be ejected.

The driver of the Explorer, Anissa Wirth, 31, was declared deceased at the scene. The 23-year-old female passenger in the Explorer did not sustain serious physical injuries.

Several witnesses who remained on scene confirmed with traffic investigators the light for Country Club was green at the time of the collision.

The driver of the Taurus, Andreah Patterson, 24, was not injured. She displayed signs of impairment and was arrested and booked on one count of manslaughter and one count of endangerment.

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