Man faces manslaughter charge in fatal crash on I-17 near Anthem

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Carl William Day By Jennifer Thomas Carl William Day By Jennifer Thomas

ANTHEM, Ariz. -- A Gilbert man is facing a manslaughter charge following a fatal crash on southbound Interstate 17 late Monday night.

Carl William Day, 27, also faces charges of criminal damage and failing to stay at the scene of an accident with a death or injury.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a speeding SUV driven by Day rear-ended a Ford Taurus near Daisy Mountain Drive, causing both vehicles to spin out of control.

Victor House, 61, was behind the wheel of the car, which flew off the roadway.

DPS investigators said House was helping two friends bring a car back from Prescott. They were in front of him when the SUV hit his vehicle.

DPS spokesman Bart Graves said the friends, along with some other good Samaritans, immediately stopped and tried to save House, but he died at the scene.

Although Day's SUV rolled over, he reportedly tried to flee the accident scene. Two witnesses stopped Day and held him down until Maricopa County sheriff's deputies arrived.

Day was transported to a local hospital after the crash. He reportedly was combative with hospital staff and law enforcement officers.

A paramedic at the accident scene and an officer at the hospital said they detected alcohol on Day's breath.

During treatment, medical staff conducted a preliminary blood test, which showed a blood alcohol content of 0.26, according to the court paperwork. Results of a blood test by law enforcement are pending.

Following his release from the hospital, Day was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail. He is being held on a secured appearance bond of $500,000.

There was an outstanding warrant for his arrest on drug-related charges out of California.

Day's next court date is June 25.