Phoenix: Man dies after drunk driver plows into his truck |

A Phoenix man is dead after his SUV was rear ended by another vehicle overnight in Phoenix.

Police spokesman Officer James Holmes said 47-year-old Christopher James Kutcher died after the SUV he was driving was hit from behind by a drunk driver. Holmes said around 1:30 a.m. a 33-year-old Michelle Nicole Ayers was driving a Chevy Blazer in the eastbound lanes of Cactus Road near 40th Street when it collided with the rear end of a Ford Expedition that was traveling in the same direction. Investigators said the Blazer was going at a high rate of speed when the impact happened.

The Expedition driven by Kutcher was forced off the road eventually hitting a block wall and a tree, said Holmes.

Holmes said preliminary tests on Ayers reflected her impairment was more than three times the legal limit.   She was checked out at the hospital then booked into jail for manslaughter.

The eastbound lanes of Cactus Road were closed near 40th Street for a few hours while the investigation took place.

via PD: Man dies after drunk driver plows into his truck – CBS 5 – KPHO.

Spartanburg, S.C.: Pedestrian killed in wreck; Driver charged with DUI |

Jason Barrett: Charged with felony DUI

Jason Barrett

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a pedestrian died in an early-morning wreck Saturday in Spartanburg County.

Troopers said the crash happened on Chesnee Highway near Gossett Road at 1:20 a.m.  Highway Patrol said Jason Barrett, 40, of Chesnee, was driving south on Chesnee Highway when his Dodge Avenger struck Doyle Ray Burke, 46, of Chesnee, who was walking down the highway. This caused Burke’s body to be flung into the northbound lane where he was struck by two other cars.

The Spartanburg County Coroner said Burke was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be performed.Troopers said Barrett has been charged with one count of felony driving under the influence and was taken to the Spartanburg County Detention Center. Barrett and the other two drivers weren’t hurt.

via Pedestrian killed in wreck; Driver charged with DUI | Spartanburg/Cherokee News – WYFF Home.

Florence, SC: Man killed while mowing lawn by alleged drunk driver who ran off road |

Christopher Powell

Christopher Powell

Troopers charged a Florence man with felony DUI and child endangerment after the pickup truck he was driving south on Savannah Grove Road ran off the left side of the road and then struck and killed a man who was mowing his grass.

Christopher Powell, 28, 2221 McLaurin Drive, was booked into the Florence County Detention Center at 2:11 a.m. by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, according to the detention center’s Web site. He is charged with one count each of felony DUI resulting in death and child endangerment for committing certain offenses with a minor in the car, according to the Web site.

Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken identified the pedestrian who was struck and killed as Juan Luna Ortuno, 35, of the Effingham area.

via Florence man charged with felony DUI after man struck, killed by pickup – SCNow: Local News.

Chicago: Drunk driver charged in crash that killed elderly man|

Cook County prosecutors say a drunk driver ran a red light early Sunday morning, causing a crash that killed an elderly Indiana man.

Manuel Guerrero-Lopez, 26, a Mexican national driving on a temporary license, was driving west on North Avenue when he ran a red light at the Kennedy Expressway ramp, Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Mack.

The blue 2004 Volkswagen Tourareg SUV he was driving then struck a stopped Toyota Camry exiting southbound from the ramp, causing the SUV to flip on its passenger side and slide, striking Charles Jones, 73, of Valparaiso, Ind., Mack said.

Jones was pronounced dead at the crash scene.A Chicago police officer saw Guerrero-Lopez, who lives in the 8100 block of South Kostner Avenue, climb out of the driver’s side of the Volkswagen and noticed he had bloodshot eyes and his breath smelled of alcohol, authorities said.

Guerrero-Lopez, who was unable to perform any field sobriety tests, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment, where a blood draw found he had a blood-alcohol level of .161 about 40 minutes after the crash, double the legal limit of 0.80.

Guerrero-Lopez was charged with aggravated driving under the influence.A witness in the Camry identified Guerrero-Lopez as the driver and sole occupant of the Volkswagen, Mack said, and Guerrero-Lopez later admitted being the driver and drinking before the crash.

Judge Laura Sullivan set bail at $250,000 today for Guerrero-Lopez, who his attorney said has been employed as a construction worker the past two years.

via Prosecutors: Drunk driver caused crash that killed panhandler –

Wrightwood, Calif.: Woman arrested in fatal DUI collision |

A 36-year-old Phelan woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after her SUV collided with another vehicle and killed another driver at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Amy Hinkle was driving a 1996 Jeep Cherokee eastbound on State Route 2 toward Twin Lakes Drive in Wrightwood and was speeding when her vehicle crossed a double-yellow line and hit a 1991 Mazda that was traveling westbound, according to the CHP.

The 53-year-old driver of the Mazda was a Wrightwood resident who suffered fatal injuries. The identity of the deceased had not been released as of Monday afternoon.

CHP officials said Hinkle showed clear signs of intoxication and was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.Hinkle suffered minor injuries. Jail records show she is being held at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga and is due to be arraigned Tuesday at the Victorville Courthouse.

via Phelan woman arrested in fatal DUI collision | collision, dui, fatal – Victorville Daily Press.

San Antonio: Man charged in fatal DWI crash |

The man who drove a pickup truck into a tree early Saturday, killing a woman riding inside, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Manuel Ortalejo, 30, was speeding eastbound in the 300 block of Basse Road in a red 2008 Dodge Dakota, according to police. Witnesses told police that Ortalejo had been driving through the intersection of Basse Road and McCullough Avenue just after 3 a.m. and swerved around another vehicle.

The pickup lost control and slid sideways into a tree, according to police.The force of the crash caused the pickup to roll up the tree and spin into a second tree, according to police.The truck came to rest on the left side of the tree, north of the median, police said.

Elizabeth Villasana, 38, had been riding inside and was taken by helicopter ambulance to University Hospital. She later died.Police determined Ortalejo was intoxicated. He was released Sunday from the Bexar County Jail on $75,000 bail.

via Man charged in fatal DWI crash – San Antonio Express-News.

Limestone Co., Alabama: Driver arrested on DUI for fatal crash |

A driver has been charged in a crash that killed an elderly man in Limestone County over the weekend.

Ricky Wade Adams, of Athens, was charged with DUI for the wreck that killed 73-year-old Harvey Moore on Saturday. Two vehicles collided on East Garden Road in Limestone County around 5:30 p.m.Adams was released from jail on $1,000.

via Driver arrested on DUI for fatal Limestone Co. crash – WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL.