Man indicted in fatal freeway crash in Gilbert

Posted: Updated:
Joaquin Daniel Ballesteros-Carpio By Jennifer Thomas Joaquin Daniel Ballesteros-Carpio By Jennifer Thomas
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A man has been indicted in a freeway crash last year that killed a passenger in his car and injured an Arizona Department of Public Safety worker.

Court records show 36-year-old Joaquin Daniel Ballesteros-Carpio was indicted on charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault, possession or use of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities say Ballesteros-Carpio was found with a drug pipe in his front pocket at the scene of the Oct. 25 crash in Gilbert.

They say Ballesteros-Carpio was driving on the Santan Freeway when he suddenly swerved and hit a DPS service vehicle parked on the shoulder.

Authorities say Ballesteros-Carpio was driving on a suspended license at the time. He needed to be extricated from his car and a passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

RELATED:

1 killed, 2 injured in wreck on EB Loop 202 at Gilbert Road