The Department of Public Safety says impairment was not a factor in Monday night's wrong-way crash on Loop 202.
It happened around 7:30 p.m. DPS says a female driver got on the freeway at Kyrene Road going east in the westbound lanes. She tried to turn around so that she could go the right direction when she slammed head-on into a pickup truck, causing the truck to roll over. The woman then hit a third vehicle.
DPS says the driver of the wrong-way vehicle has been identified as Theresa Jordan, 51, of Phoenix.
She was driving a 2016 Infinity SUV. DPS says she has a fractured sternum and is still hospitalized.
Troopers have determined that impairment was not a factor in this collision. Instead, DPS says it appears Jordan was confused and was without her glasses. When she realized she had gone the wrong way she attempted to turn around and that is when the collision happened. There may be other medical conditions that played a factor.
Troopers are still investigating and will determine what the proper enforcement action will be at the conclusion of the investigation.
The driver of the pickup truck Jordan reportedly hit has been identified at Daniel Flores-Dominguez, 37, of Phoenix. He was driving a 2004 Chevrolet pickup. He is still hospitalized for multiple broken bones from the waist down.
The driver of the third vehicle has been identified as William Gemma, 60, of Phoenix. He was driving a 2010 ford SUV and was hit by Jordan’s vehicle after she collided with the pickup. Gemma was not injured in the collision.
The westbound side of the Loop 202 was closed for hours so drivers had to exit north to the Loop 101 Price Freeway.
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