Driver arrested after deadly rollover crash

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PHOENIX -- The driver of a Ford Freestyle SUV has been arrested following a rollover crash that killed a passenger in the vehicle.

Marcos Antonio Payan, 29, is facing a charge of reckless manslaughter, according to court records released on Thursday.

Payan's cousin, 31-year-old Leonardo Carrizoza, was sitting in the front seat of the SUV and was not wearing a seat belt. Police said Payan was speeding when he tried to get through the intersection of Baseline Road and 24th Street before the light turned red.

According to investigators, Payan was driving westbound in the curb lane on Baseline Road and lost control of the vehicle after driving through a dip in the roadway at the intersection.

The vehicle crossed over a raised median which separates east and westbound traffic and began to roll. It then hit a raised curb and continued to roll through a landscaped area where it collided with two trees.

Carrizoza was ejected from the vehicle. Payan had minor injuries.

Payan told police he was the driver and he knew the vehicle's front shocks needed to be repaired. He admitted he uses marijuana on a regular basis but said he was not impaired at the time of the crash. He told police he accelerated from 50 mph to approximately 60 mph as he approached the intersection.

The vehicle's event data recorder showed speeds in excess of 80 mph with a top speed of 102 mph. Investigators also said physical tire evidence at the scene was consistent with speeds of 80 mph.

Payan driver's license has been suspended for the last seven to eight years, according to court documents. He told police he knew his license has been suspended.

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