Early Monday morning in Phoenix, Arizona, a suspected impaired driver caused a devastating car accident that left a mother and daughter in serious condition.
Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman, Bart Graves, stated that a 41-year-old male driver of a Jeep, identified as Johnny Bonnie, was heading north on the Interstate 17 in the high-occupancy vehicle lane on the southbound side of roadway, when it collided head-on with a blue SUV at an estimated 65 mph.
The driver of the SUV, a mother in her early 40's, was traveling with her 13-year-old daughter in the passenger seat.
Both were taken to the hospital in critical condition and have been described as having suffered life-threatening injuries. The mother has reportedly sustained serious trauma to the head, and has undergone surgery.
Graves stated that officers strongly suspect that Bonnie was impaired at the time of the wreck, and the wrong-way driver has a previous record for DUI.
Bonnie was reported to have received minor injures. She was booked on aggravated assault and criminal damage charges.
A stretch of the I-17 near Dixileta Drive was partially closed for several hours for the purpose of investigation and cleanup.
As a Phoenix car accident attorney, it is very upsetting to see a situation like this, where innocent individuals are made victims at the hands of an impaired driver.
There seems to be no question as to whether the wrong-way driver was impaired or not, as driving on the wrong side of the freeway is generally considered extreme behavior.
Our Phoenix car accident law firm sends our thoughts and prayers to the two injured victims, and we hope for their speedy and full recovery.