Driver impaled in crash; alcohol possibly a factor


by Catherine Holland

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 25 at 9:59 PM

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PHOENIX -- Police are investigating a deadly wreck in which the driver of a pickup truck was impaled by a pole.

It happened just before 6 p.m. at 11th Avenue and Hatcher Road.

According to Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department, the driver of a 1997 Dodge pickup ran a stop sign and slammed into a Honda Accord. The impact send the Accord careening into an electrical pole on the northwest corner of the intersection.

Crump said the pickup driver tried to flee the scene. While attempting to cut through the parking lot of a Circle K, the driver lost control of the truck and plowed into a chain-link fence and a parked vehicle. The driver, whose name has not been released, was impaled by a metal fence pole and died on the scene.

A passenger from the pickup ran from the parking lot. Police do not have any information about that person at this time, but they are trying to identify and locate him or her.

"There are a number of things that  we could speculate on as to why he may have ran, but at this point we have no motive as to why he ran" Sgt. Steve Martos said Monday night.

According to Crump, evidence at the scene indicated that alcohol might have been a factor in the wreck.

Thanks to her airbag and her seat belt, the driver of the Honda was not seriously  injured.

The wreck remains under investigation.