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Rollover crash in Phoenix leaves 1 dead, possible DUI police say

Police said that the crash happened near 40th and Peoria Avenues, and that intoxication and speed are believed to be factors.

PHOENIX — One person is dead after a rollover crash where speed and impairment are believed to be involved, a spokesman with the Phoenix Police Department said.

Officers were called to the area of 40th and Peoria Avenues just after midnight on Sunday for reports of a crash. 

When officers arrived they learned that one vehicle had struck the back of a second vehicle, rolling over in the process. The second car was pushed into a nearby wall.

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Police said that the man riding in the passenger seat of the rolled vehicle was killed in the crash, while both of the drivers were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Both intoxication and speed are believed to be a factor in the collision, officials say. Police have not identified the man who was killed at this time.

Deaths on Arizona roads 

Data from the Arizona Department of Transportation shows that roadway fatalities have been gradually rising in Arizona over the last decade: 

  • 2011: 825 deaths  

  • 2012: 821 deaths 

  • 2013: 844 deaths 

  • 2014: 774 deaths 

  • 2015: 895 deaths 

  • 2016: 952 deaths 

  • 2017: 1,000 deaths 

  • 2018: 1,010 deaths 

  • 2019: 982 deaths 

  • 2020: 1,057 deaths 

ADOT offers driving tips on its website to help keep people safe on the road. 

"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website. 

ADOT's suggestions include: 

  • Don’t speed or drive aggressively 

  • Never drive while under the influence of substances 

  • Avoid distractions while driving 

  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are doing the same 

  • When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move over 

  • Stay extra aware in work zones 

  • Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous 

Find more tips on the department's Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT's website here. 

"Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511, downloading the AZ 511 app and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT," the department said. 

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