Drugs, alcohol a factor in collision that killed two peoplePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX - The following is a release from the Phoenix Police Department:
At approximately 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 28, Phoenix Police officers responded to the area of N. 19th Avenue and West Greenway Road in response to a serious traffic collision. Officers learned that the suspect, Alexandria Gachet, 22, had been driving north on 19th Avenue and approaching Greenway Road when she left the roadway and drove onto a sidewalk. When Gachet returned to the roadway, she struck the (deceased) victims vehicle which caused the car to veer into on-coming (south bound) traffic and strike the third victim's sport utility vehicle.
A witness had reported earlier, to police, that the suspect had been driving very erratically north on 19th Avenue from Cactus to Thunderbird and had run several red lights.
One victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim was transported to a local hospital where she, too, was pronounced dead.
The identity of the victims has not yet been released but identified as white females ages 20 and 45-50 years-old.
The suspect was taken to a local hospital. Police were able to determine that drugs/alcohol was a factor in the collision and, on 03-30-09 the suspect was booked into jail on two counts of second degree murder and five counts of endangerment.
The status of the driver of the Tahoe, Amadeo Martinez-Olivas is unknown at this time.