Wrong-way Loop 101 driver facing murder charge

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The woman accused of hitting and killing a motorcycle rider while driving the wrong way on the Loop 101 on Sunday is facing a charge of second-degree murder.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety Carol Ann Sacca, 59, was driving a gray Toyota sedan westbound in the eastbound lanes of the Loop 101 when she struck a black Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The driver of that motorcycle, Scott Benson, 43, of Tempe, Ariz. was pronounced dead at John C. Lincoln hospital.

That collision caused another motorcycle rider to swerve and crash. Sacca and that motorcycle rider were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses said Sacca was driving northbound on the SR 51 when she took the eastbound Loop 101 ramp. Once she got to the end of the ramp she made a U-turn and headed westbound in the eastbound HOV lane of the Loop 101. She continued in that lane until the collision occurred near 32nd Street.

Sacca was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County 4th Ave. Jail. She's facing charges of second-degree murder, endangerment, and criminal damage.

DPS says she may face more charges pending the results of blood sample results.

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Family and friends of Scott Benson have established a donation account to help pay for funeral costs for the man they describe as a loving father and a great friend.

To anyone who can contribute, please visit any local Wells Fargo branch to make a donation.

Fund Name: Scott Benson Memorial Fund

Fund Account # 7348142071