Wrong-way driver sentenced to 14 years in death of Phoenix fire dispatcher

photo: Arizona Dept of Public Safety
Stock photo of aftermath of head-on freeway collision. They all look more-or-less the same, so there’s no real need to have one for any particular crash. photo: Arizona Dept of Public Safety

The driver in one of the headon freeway collisions was sentenced in a plea deal to 14 years in prison. Stephen Martin plea guilty to 2nd degree murder for causing the Jan 2015 death of Phoenix dispatcher Megan Lange. 

Original story: phoenix-fire-dispatcher-dies-after-i-17-wrong-way-crash — see there for Martin’s sentencing details, criminal case numbers, and other closed case tagged info.

Martin is the first driver to be sentenced in a string/spate of unrelated Phoenix metro area freeway headon collisions stretching back to mid-2014

…The issue of wrong-way driving was thrust into the Valley spotlight after three crashes claimed seven lives (plus numerous injuries) from May 12 through May 18 (2014)…

It’s not clear what the holdup is though at least one of the drivers is dead, and others were injured enough they couldn’t move forward at the time; however, the deals are rolling in now, e.g. Patricia Murphy, the grandmother who appeared in court in a wheelchair to plead not guilty several months ago. Police say Murphy was drunk and drugged while driving the wrong way and killed some people has been offered 10 years.

10 years? hmm.


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