On Oct. 6, a 28-year-old man from Phoenix, Arizona, was driving the wrong way on State Route 51. His vehicle struck an SUV head-on. The crash resulted in the death of a 55-year-old New York woman who was a passenger in the car and serious injuries to the driver who was hospitalized for days after the accident. The Phoenix man also suffered injuries, but he recovered and was arrested after his release from the hospital.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault. His sentence was determined on Aug. 15. He received 16 years in prison plus five years of supervised probation after his release. According to reports, drunk driving was a primary factor in the crash. The man had a blood alcohol content of .28 percent at the time of the accident, far above the legal limit of .08 percent. He also had two prior drunk driving convictions.