Woman dead, DPS officer and civilian hurt in crash on Loop 101Posted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A woman is dead and two other people, one of them a Department of Public Safety officer, are hurt after the woman lost control of her car and hit a stopped DPS patrol car on Loop 101 Pima Freeway early Wednesday morning.
It happened at about 3 a.m. on the southbound side of the freeway at the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway.
Southbound Loop 101 was closed in the area, as were the ramps from eastbound and westbound Loop 202 to the southbound 101. Those closures were lifted by 9:30 a.m.
The woman, 49-year-old Deborah Jean St. Dennis 49 of Vail, Arizona, reportedly was driving erratically when she lost control of her vehicle and plowed into the back of DPS patrol car that was parked on the shoulder of the freeway. The impact caused both vehicles to roll.
Officer Eric Lamb, a DPS veteran of nearly nine years, was finishing a report from an unrelated accident. He had a civilian observer with him.
The 49-year-old officer was seriously injured but managed to get out of the vehicle on his own. His civilian observer, Richard L. Jones, of Kentucky, suffered less serious injuries.
Another driver called 911 to report the woman's erratic driving when she was still on Loop 202 heading for the 101.
"They reported that the driver was all over the road, making erratic lane changes, swerving," DPS Officer Carrick Cook said.
And this is the patrol car. pic.twitter.com/JJp0p2e6yP— Tanya Mendis (@tanyamendis) September 17, 2014
The ramps have reopened from L-202 Red Mountain EB + WB to L-101 southbound. #PhxTraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) September 17, 2014
L-101 southbound has reopened at L-202 Red Mountain. The 202 ramps onto SB 101 will take a few more minutes to reopen. #PhxTraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) September 17, 2014
101 NB still flowing, but curiosity factor fr 101 SB clsoure @ 202 (Red Mt) will cause major slowing during rush hour pic.twitter.com/UCgLTOutsA— Gina Maravilla (@GinaMaravillaTV) September 17, 2014
CLOSED: L-101 SB at L-202 Red Mountain. Also closed: Ramps from L-202 EB + WB to L-101 SB. This will last thru rush hour. #PhxTraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) September 17, 2014
If you want to take L-101 southbound past the closure at L-202, you can enter at University Drive. #PhxTraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) September 17, 2014