Driver faces manslaughter charge after passenger dies in Phoenix crash

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Mya Maung By Jennifer Thomas Mya Maung By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A suspected drunk driver is facing a manslaughter charge after a collision at Thomas Road and 32nd Street in Phoenix over the weekend.

Mya Maung, 21, also faces one count of aggravated assault and two counts of endangerment.

According to court documents, a police officer in an unmarked car saw Maung enter the intersection on a red light just after midnight Saturday. A Pontiac Aztec SUV struck Maung's 1998 Nissan sedan on the passenger side and both vehicles spun before coming to a rest.

Maung and his two passengers were transported to Maricopa County Medical Center for treatment. The rear-seat passenger was pronounced dead at about 1 a.m. The front-seat passenger was admitted to the hospital with complaints of pain. Maung was treated and released with only minor injuries.

The driver of the Pontiac was uninjured and his front-seat passenger complained of knee pain but was not transported to a hospital.

A hospital blood sample showed Maung had an alcohol concentration of .122, according to the court paperwork. He was evaluated by a doctor and reportedly showed signs and symptoms of alcohol impairment. A blood sample was collected for testing by the police crime lab.

After Maung was released from the hospital, he was arrested and booked into jail.

According to the court paperwork, Maung is from Burma and lives near Osborn Road and 30th Street.