Woman facing charges in wrong-way crash on Loop 202 Red Mountain

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Tess Rafols

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 10:13 AM

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PHOENIX – Investigators are trying to determine if impairment was a factor in a wrong-way crash that put two women in the hospital.

It happened at about 10 p.m. Tuesday on the westbound side of the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway near Gilbert Road.

According to investigators, Erin Corona, 33, drove the wrong way on Loop 202 for at least 5 miles before crashing into an SUV driven by an older woman. Several people called 911 in the moments before the crash.

Department of Public Safety Officer Justin Doucet said the wreck was not a "direct head-on" collision. What’s more, both drivers were wearing their seat belts and their air bags deployed.

The woman in the SUV suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries to her lower body.

Corona was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument, criminal damage and endangerment.

According to court paperwork, Corona told officers on the scene that she had been drinking. During a field sobriety test, "numerous signs of impairment were observed." Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia said it will take several weeks to get the results of DUI and impairment lab tests. More charges could be filed based on that information.

A judge set a secured appearance bond of $50,000.

Corona is due back in court on July 23 for a status conference, followed by a preliminary hearing on July 25.

Tuesday night’s wrong-way crash was the latest in a number of similar wrecks, most of them involving fatalities, in recent months.

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