Photos: 1 killed, 2 injured in possible DUI wreck in Goodyear

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – One person is dead and two more are in the hospital after an overnight car crash in Goodyear and investigators believe alcohol and speed might be to blame.

It happened at about 12:30 a.m. Monday where Bullard Avenue dead-ends at Vineyard Avenue (143rd Avenue).

According to Officer Darryl Rivers of the Goodyear Police Department, the four-door sedan carrying the trio, all younger than 21 and believed to be students from out of state, was speeding southbound on Bullard Avenue when it blew through a stop sign at Vineyard Avenue. Police said they believe the driver did not realize Bullard Avenue ended and was going too fast to safely make the turn.

Investigators said there are indications that the driver tried to make the turn, but the move came too late and the sedan was going too fast.

The car hit the curb, went airborne and slammed into a tree before coming to rest on its roof in a ditch. The impact was so intense several branches from the tree broke right through the windshield, killing the driver.

"There's a lot of  debris scattered about," Rivers said. "It was a pretty horrific crash."

Two of the students were able to climb out of the mangled car, walk down the road to a nearby golf course and call 911. Both were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. While their injuries are serious, at last check they reportedly were in stable condition.

The third student, who was the one behind the wheel, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Investigators said they found empty alcohol bottles in the trunk of the car. They also said the odor of alcohol permeated the sedan, which carries an out-of-state license plate registration. They are trying to determine if impairment was a factor in the deadly crash.

Detectives are not sure what school the victims might have attended, but they did find a folder labeled UTI. Universal Technical Institute is an automotive school with a campus in the West Valley. It's not clear if one, two or all three of the victims might have been enrolled there or if the folder even belongs to any of them.

Police have not released the names of anybody who was in that car, nor have they released the victims' ages other than to say they're all under 21 year old.

The intersection was closed while detectives conducted their investigation.