On Sunday night in Tucson, Arizona, a multiple-car accident occurred on the southwest side of town, caused by a suspected impaired driver.
Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman, Deputy Tom Peine, said in a statement that at around 9 p.m. the 47-year-old male suspect was headed eastbound on Valencia Road near Mark Road, when he struck a vehicle headed in the same direction, lost control of his car, skidded, and then hit a vehicle which was heading westbound.
Pein further revealed in the release that the car he struck head-on had a 72-year-old woman at the wheel, and that she and the front seat passenger sustained serious injuries but are thought to be in stable condition at this point, after being transported to the hospital.
The other four passengers in the westbound vehicle were also hurt, having sustained more minor injuries than the two up front.
The man who caused the wreck is said to have sustained life-threatening injuries.
Pein stated that the investigation into the exact details of the event are ongoing, but that detectives suspect that impairment from alcohol was a major factor in the crash.
As an accident injury lawyer in Phoenix, it seems that a great majority of the devastating accident that you see are caused by or enhanced in some way by impairment, like we see in this instance.
Drinking and driving is a huge problem, and even in Arizona, where DUI laws are just about as strict as they come, you see far too many instances where individuals get behind the wheel when they absolutely should not.
Our Arizona accident law firm hopes for the full recovery of those who were injured, and we will keep you updated with any new information that becomes available in this ongoing investigation.