Phoenix PD: Impairment suspected in fiery car crash

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX – Police believe impairment was a factor in a fatal collision in South Phoenix Saturday night.

The collision occurred at Seventh Avenue and Elwood Street at around 11:30 p.m.

According to Officer James Holmes with the Phoenix Police Department, a Dodge Charger driven by a 43-year-old woman may have been traveling at a high rate of speed when she lost control of the car and drove into the opposing lanes of traffic.

The charger struck a Ford Taurus driven by Emilio Cruz Castro, 41, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 41-year-old woman and a 9-year-old boy who were passengers in the Taurus received serious injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

Bystanders pulled the driver of the Charger from her vehicle just before it burst into flames. She was transported to a hospital.

Holmes said impairment is suspected on the part of the driver of the Charger and charges are pending the completion of the investigation.

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