DPS identifies wrong-way driver from I-10 Mini-Stack fatal crash

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The wrong-way driver was identified by DPS as Ronald Mollenahuer, 56. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The wrong-way driver was identified by DPS as Ronald Mollenahuer, 56. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Mollenahuer collided head-on with a white sedan killing both drivers. (Source: ADOT) Mollenahuer collided head-on with a white sedan killing both drivers. (Source: ADOT)
DPS released surveillance video of Mollenahuer driving at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport prior to the fatal crash. (Source: DPS) DPS released surveillance video of Mollenahuer driving at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport prior to the fatal crash. (Source: DPS)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Department of Public Safety identified the wrong-way driver from the Interstate 10 Mini-Stack fatal crash as 56-year-old Ronald Mollenahuer of Peoria.

According to court documents, Mollenahauer was previously arrested in 2004 for a misdemeanor DWI in Illinois. However, it is unclear if he was charged.

[ORIGINAL STORY: DPS: 2 people dead after wrong-way crash at the Mini-Stack]

[SPECIAL SECTION: Arizona Wrong-way Drivers]

Mollenahuer was headed west in a red sedan in the eastbound lanes of the I-10 from Sky Harbor Airport around 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mollenahuer continued to go the wrong way on the southbound State Route 51 HOV transition ramp when he collided head-on with a white sedan.

[WATCH: Surveillance video of wrong-way driver at Sky Harbor]

[RAW VIDEO: DPS briefing on fatal wrong-way crash]

The collision killed both Mollenahuer and the driver of the white sedan, 54-year-old Young Lee of Phoenix. Another white vehicle was also hit by one of the vehicles but that driver suffered minor injuries.

Carla Eemehiser was Mollenahauer's neighbor, who said she got to know him by talking to him over the fence or when he was sitting on the porch.

"He had some health issues but had gotten those under control and he didn't have any family here, which was kind of sad. He missed his daughter," Eemehiser said.

She said he had a daughter in Chicago. Eemehiser said the last time she talked to him was three to four days ago.

"I know he had a lot of fun when his friends were over and that he did, drank [sic] on occasion," she said.

She said doesn't believe he was involved in anything else.

"Very sad. It's just this wrong way driving is, I don't know what we're gonna do," Eemehiser said.

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Earlier Thursday, DPS released surveillance video of Mollenahuer driving at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport just prior to the accident.

DPS is still investigating the crash and determining if impairment was a factor.

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