PHOENIX — A suspected wrong-way driver has been arrested after a crash that killed a 10-year-old boy and left several others hurt on Loop 202 in Ahwatukee Sunday, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Eastbound lanes were closed at 24th Street for several hours following the crash that involved five vehicles. The crash happened at 32nd Street.
DPS said Allen Michael Johnson, 34, was taken into custody Monday. Court records show Johnson allegedly had a blood alcohol content level of 0.327, which is well above the legal limit.
The crash happened after Johnson's vehicle, which was driving west in the eastbound lanes, struck a vehicle traveling in the correct direction.
A 10-year-old boy who was in the wrong-way vehicle later died of their injuries, Department of Public Safety officials said.
Police said the child's mother remains in the hospital. A five-year-old child also remains in critical condition at a local hospital.
The victim's vehicle was driven by a woman who remains in the hospital. She was alone in her vehicle.
DPS said Johnson is facing charges of second-degree homicide and three counts of aggravated assault.
Authorities said Johnson is a friend of the family and not the father of the two kids in the vehicle.
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