Phoenix DUI car accident results in manslaughter conviction

The Arizona Republic is reporting that a fatal Phoenix car crash that occurred back in the summer of 2009 has resulted in a 21-year-old man pleading guilty to manslaughter. The defendant reportedly was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash that resulted in three people being killed.

The defendant, who is an Arizona resident, pleaded guilty to three counts of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault back on September 28 in Maricopa County Superior Court. He is currently scheduled to be sentenced on October 28.

The defendant reportedly had a 0.137 alcohol level after the vehicle he was driving struck an SUV carrying a family of four. An adult and toddler in the SUV and a passenger in his own car died the collision.

The at fault driver was speeding at least 70 mph eastbound on lower Buckeye Road. The collision occurred around 6:30 AM on June 20, 2009.

The SUV was spun around in the accident and three of the four passengers were ejected. A third person in the SUV was also seriously injured and another male passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

It was not reported if a civil claim is pending or if Phoenix injury lawyers are involved in the case.