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DUI crash kills motorcyclist in Goodyear, suspect arrested

Christopher Clark has been booked into jail on suspicion of causing a fatal crash in Goodyear on Tuesday.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A 40-year-old man is facing manslaughter charges after he allegedly drove his car while impaired and killed a motorcyclist, officials say.

Christopher Clark has been taken into custody by the Goodyear Police Department after he allegedly caused a traffic collision early Tuesday morning near Interstate 10 and Pebble Creek Parkway. 

Clark allegedly ran a red light while under the influence of drugs and struck 19-year-old Carson Smith of Goodyear.

Clark has been booked into jail on charges of manslaughter, DUI, and reckless driving. 

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