3 Dead in Wrong Way Wreck I-17 Phoenix

photo: DPS

4/14/2017 ~ 2am. A male wrong-way driver collided headon on the I-17 freeway near Greenway in Phoenix with a vehicle carrying two sisters. All are dead.

The wrong way driver had been traveling for (at least) several miles the wrong way.

Since the at-fault driver is dead, tox results might not ever get covered in the news… results will show up in FARS, later part of 2018 at the earliest. [ UPDATE  “Keaton Allison, 21, had a BAC level of 0.25 percent, according to blood-testing results from the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner.” — azcentral   UPDATE: FARS 40247 also has the driver at .25 BAC; it also, by the way, lists the other two victims as tested/negative, i.e. BAC of 0.0 ]

A more recent July 2017 news article: Records: Wrong-way driver who killed 2 sisters, self had been speeding without headlights brings up “A witness theorized that Allison may have been confused by the roundabouts on Happy Valley Road at the I-17 on- and off-ramps”…  here is what the enormous “WRONG WAY DO NOT ENTER” signs look like at the roundabout.

DPS identifies 3 people killed in wrong-way crash on I-17

The two-vehicle crash occurred just after 2 a.m. near Greenway Road when a silver Chrysler Sebring driven by 21-year-old Keaton Tyler Allison of Colorado Springs, Colo., slammed into a white Pontiac occupied by sisters Karlie Arlene Richardson, 20, and Kelsey Mae Richardson, 18, both of Moorseville, N.C….  Allison had been driving southbound in the northbound lane of the freeway, according to the DPS… The cars collided at a high rate of speed. It appeared there were no signs of either vehicle attempting to brake to avoid the collision, the DPS reported.

The investigation is still underway; impairment has not been ruled out as a factor. Garcia said the “majority if not all the wrong-way accidents  that we investigate that involve injury or death are a direct result of impaired driving.” [accident? certainly he meant to say crash]



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