Two dead after wrong way driver slams head-on into car in early morning accident

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on September 25, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 25 at 8:19 PM

PHOENIX - The Department of Public Safety believes alcohol might have led to a wrong way driver crashing into another vehicle in an early morning fatal accident.

Around 4:45 a.m. DPS received 911 calls reporting a wrong way driver traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the I-10 near 40th Street. Callers reported the black Chevy Avalanche pick-up was traveling at a high rate of speed in the HOV lane.

About a minute later dispatch received calls that pick-up crashed head-on into a white Nissan Altima on the Salt River Bridge in between 24th and 32nd streets.

The crash killed Adrice Lynn McMichael, a 22 year old female driving the Altima.  The front-seat passenger in the Altima was Malissa Therese Jaime, a 24 year old female who died enroute to Banner Good Samaritan Hospital.

The wrong way driver and only occupant of the Chevy Avalanch has been identified as Alex Naranjo.  Naranjo was transported to a local hospital where he remains. 

All eastbound lanes of I-10 were closed until 8 a.m. Saturday morning when the right two lanes were re-opened. The rest of the freeway opened a few hours later.

According to DPS impairment is suspected as a factor in the crash.

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