1 dead, 1 injured in Tempe high-speed crash

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The crash happened on University betweet Hardy and Beck. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The crash happened on University betweet Hardy and Beck. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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Stanley Chu, 30 (Source: Tempe Police Dept.) Stanley Chu, 30 (Source: Tempe Police Dept.)
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One person was killed and another was in critical condition following a high-speed crash in Tempe early Monday morning.

Officers said one of the cars, a BMW, was reportedly traveling between 80 and 100 mph at the time of the collision.

The BMW with two people aboard plowed into a Kia as both vehicles were heading west on University Drive at around 1:50 a.m., Tempe Police Officer Naomi Galbraith said.

Both directions of University were closed between Hardy Drive and Beck Avenue until approximately 10 a.m., where the two cars collided.

The occupants of the BMW were able to crawl through the moon roof and appeared to have escaped injury. The passenger fled but the driver stayed behind.

Police said they believe the driver of the BMW was impaired. He has been identified as 30-year-old Stanley Chu.

Chu is facing felony charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault, endangerment and hit-and-run, according to Officer Galbraith.

A man who happened to be nearby said the occupants of the Kia were in bad shape.

“I just saw one of the guys on top of the other,” said Nathan Porter, who was nearby. “One of them was breathing heavily. I don’t think they were really responsive at all. One of them had his foot out what looked like would have been the back window and he was the driver."

The name of the victim won't be released until family and relatives are notified. No other names were given. 

Officers remain on the scene taking measurements and interviewing witnesses.

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