CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – The Department of Public Safety says the driver of an Infiniti that rear-ended an SUV and caused a deadly crash late Friday night has been arrested. The wreck happened in the eastbound lanes of Loop 202 near Kyrene Road in Chandler.
According to police Jhosua Resendiz-Alvarez, 28, might have been speeding when he allegedly plowed into the back of a Ford SUV. Investigators say he was alone in the Infiniti, which police say is register to Resendiz-Alvarez's girlfriend. They also say he ran away from the scene after the car spun and skidded into the median wall.
The Ford SUV Resendiz-Alvarez is accused of hitting veered off the road to the right and rolled over an embankment. Police identified the driver as 46-year-old Shanna Outie of Houston, Texas. She died at the scene.
DPS caught up with Resendiz-Alvarez "several hours later" after learning "he had an active warrant and a history of DUI and weapons charges." According to court documents, Resendiz-Alvarez admitted he was the one in the Infiniti. He also said drank some beer before driving and "blacked out" before the crash, investigators say. While speaking with detectives, he reportedly said he did "not remember the events prior to the collision and shortly after until" early the next morning.
The charges listed on his court documents are two counts of aggravated DUI. While details about previous offenses were redacted from the paperwork, the charges indicate that Resendiz-Alvarez is supposed to be using an ignition interlock device.