PD: Driver who plowed into apartment might have intended suicide; toddler injured

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TEMPE, Ariz-  Tempe police are looking into why a young woman slammed her car into a Tempe apartment Sunday morning. The woman died; an 18-month-old boy who also was in the car is expected to recover.

It happened just before 11 a.m. in the area of Dorsey Lane and Orange Street, and police believe it was intentional -- that the 30-year-old woman was trying to commit suicide. Witnesses accounts and information they have learned about the driver, whose name has not been released. led them to that conclusion.

Witnesses say the woman was speeding across Dorsey Lane when her car plowed into the apartment.

John Wise, the man who lives in the apartment, was watching TV in another room.

"All of a sudden, I heard this great big crash," he said. "Daylight and dust started coming through the bedroom door. ... This room is toast."

Wise was not injured.

Michelle Sweeney, Wise's neighbor and an EMT, said she tried to assist the badly injured woman, and then heard a child crying inside the car. That 18-month-old boy was injured and is now recovering at local hospital.

Police confirmed to 3TV that they are investigating the woman's death as a suicide.

"I really feel sorry for the family, losing the mother and having the child injured," Wise said. "My heart goes out to them. Anything in there can be replaced; that's just material objects. You can't replace people."