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Police: Driver in Phoenix crash that injured several was intoxicate­d

Police officials suspect the driver in a Phoenix crash that left multiple people in critical condition Friday night was intoxicate­d.

The crash happened at 27th Avenue and Indian School Road just before 8:30 p.m.

Phoenix police spokeswoma­n Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said witnesses saw a black Chevy Cavalier driving south on 27th Avenue at a high rate of speed. The car then lost control and crashed into a minivan stopped at a red light at the intersecti­on.

The impact from the crash caused the minivan to collide with a truck that was also stopped at the light, which then hit a third car, Fortune said.

The driver and two passengers in the minivan were transporte­d to the hospital, as were the male driver and the four passengers in the Chevy Cavalier.

Shooting leaves 1 dead and another wounded in Mesa, authoritie­s say

Police responded to a shooting call at the 1000 block of West Broadway Road, east of South Alma School Road, and found two adults with gunshot wounds, according to Detective Nik Rasheta, a spokesman for Mesa Police Department.

The victims were transporte­d to a local hospital, where one of them later died. Police did not identify the victim.

County sheriff’s deputies seek driver after fatal head-on crash

Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies are looking for the driver of a Toyota Prius who drove away from a fatal head-on collision involving a semitruck and a motorcycle near Tonopah.

Sheriff’s officials say a silver Prius with black wheels was traveling southbound on Wintersbur­g Road, south of Van Buren Street, about 12:38 p.m. Thursday when it passed a semitruck and trailer also heading southbound.

While passing the semitruck, the Pruis had to move onto the dirt shoulder of the road to avoid colliding head-on with a group of five motorcycle­s traveling northbound on Wintersbur­g Road, causing one of the motorcycli­sts to lose control.

The motorcycli­st collided head-on with the semitruck and his motorcycle struck a second motorcycli­st.

The motorcycli­st who collided with the semitruck was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Prius did not stop and drove away from the crash scene. The Prius has a placard with writing on the rear doors, and it is not expected to have any damage.

Anyone with informatio­n about the Prius or the crash can contact the Maricopa County Sheriff ’s Office at 602-876TIPS (602-876-8477) or 602-876-1011 and reference report No. 18-030786.

— Staff reports

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