NC couple killed in Glendale crash

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A North Carolina couple died and four other people were injured after a driver ran a red light in Glendale Sunday afternoon, police said.

Around 3:20 p.m., the Glendale Police Department responded to a report of an accident with injuries at 75th Avenue and Bell Road.

According to police, a man in his 30s was driving a silver sedan north on 75th Avenue and came to a red light at the Bell Road intersection.

Police said the driver entered the intersection while the light was still red, and collided with a white sedan traveling east on Bell Road. The white sedan then collided with a black SUV, also traveling east on Bell Road.
The driver who reportedly ran the red light was treated at the scene, along with the adult female driver and adult male passenger of the black SUV.

The adult female driver of the white sedan that was struck was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released. However, the female and male passengers sustained life-threatening injuries and later died at a local hospital.

They have been identified as Robert Kelly, 71, and his wife, Nelda Kelly, 70, of Hampstead, N.C. Glendale police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said they were relatives of the driver and were visiting for the holidays.

Detectives do not believe impairment was a factor in this collision. It is still undetermined whether speed was a related factor in the accident and the investigation is still ongoing.