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Update to serious crashes on November 21 in the West Valley

The at-fault driver has been booked on multiple felony charges

Monday, November 26, 2012 -

Ricardo Castro, 35, from Goodyear, Arizona, was arrested by detectives from the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Vehicle Crimes Unit today in connection with the multi-vehicle crash along Interstate 10 near Watson Road last Wednesday.

Castro was booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office 4th Avenue Jail in Phoenix on multiple felony charges to include seven counts of aggravated assault and two counts of felony endangerment.

Castro was driving a Honda Accord with his wife in the passenger seat and his mother-in-law and daughter in the back seat. Castro stopped on the eastbound off-ramp to Miller Road and told the back seat passengers to get out of the car.

Castro then sped back onto Interstate 10 from Miller Road at a high rate of speed and eventually rear-ended a GMC Yukon carrying six people. Five of those passengers were children and all five children were ejected.

All but one of the occupants from the Yukon have since been released from the hospital and all are expected to survive.

Suspect:

Ricardo O. Castro
Date of Birth: August 3, 1977

Related: http://www.azdps.gov/Media/News/View/?p=388