Drunk driver responsible for deadly wreck on I-17 in North PhoenixPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX – One person was killed in an overnight crash on the Interstate 17 off-ramp at Peoria Avenue, and police said an alleged drunk driver is to blame.
It happened on the northbound side of the freeway just after midnight. Both the on- and off-ramps to I-17 were closed for hours while officers conducted their investigation. Those ramps reopened to traffic at about 6 a.m.
A Ford Mustang was northbound on the freeway’s frontage road at Peoria Avenue traveling through a green light when an eastbound SUV hit it.
According to Phoenix police, the driver of the Ford Mustang, Kimberly Waldfogel, 45, was transported to a local hospital where she died of her injuries. Waldfogel was a mother of three and worked at St. Joseph's Hospital as a medical transcriptionist. She had been working late Monday night and was on her way home when her car was hit.
"She was working late, she texted us that she'd be home about 12. My wife stayed up and kept her dinner warm. And she never made it home," said Michael Green. Waldfogel's stepfather.
The driver of the SUV that hit Waldfogel's Mustang, Bradley Duran, displayed signs and symptoms of impairment and was evaluated by detectives at a local hospital.
According to court documents, Duran's blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was 0.281, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08.
Investigators determined that Duran, 30, ran a red light.
Duran was booked into jail on one count of manslaughter, which is a class 3 felony. He's being held on $1 million bond. If convicted, he could face seven to 20 years in prison.
This reportedly is Duran's second DUI offense. The date and circumstances of his first offense were not immediately available.