Lone, wrong-way driver causes head-on collision with minivan on Interstate 17 near Sunset Point resulting in three fatalities
Three others also seriously injured including the wrong-way driver and a 9-year-old boy
Friday, May 16, 2014 -
Shortly after 4 a.m. on May 16, DPS received several 911 calls reporting a Chrysler 300 traveling the wrong way going northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 17 near Pioneer Road. Five officers and a DPS helicopter responded in an attempt to intercept the wrong-way vehicle. A sixth officer was called out anticipating the driver was going to continue northbound. Unfortunately, the driver of the wrong-way vehicle, who was a male in his 60s from Phoenix, hit a minivan head on in the southbound lanes of Interstate 17 at milepost 248, just south of Bumble Bee Road.
The minivan was carrying six people, three of which died in the crash. Of the other three minivan passengers, one suffered serious injuries while another adult and a 9-year-old boy suffered serious injuries and were airlifted to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital and Phoenix Children’s Hospital respectively.
The driver of the Chrysler 300 suffered serious injuries as well and was also airlifted to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix. He is expected to survive. A Drug Recognition Expert evaluated the wrong way driver and those results will be included in the report.
The mini-vans occupants are listed below;
Driver: Harianto (one name only), 42 from Rancho Cucamonga, California
Evan Christian Hendriadi, 50, deceased and from Indonesia
Jenny Sudjono, 70, deceased and from Indonesia
Lioe Kim Tjhiuw, 78, deceased and from Indonesia
Fenny Sudjono, 47, from Indonesia
Ryan Christian, 9 years-old, from Indonesia
Detectives are looking for any additional witnesses that may have seen the suspect driving wrong way or were almost hit. If you have any information, please contact Detective James Waltermire at (602) 223-2370 or Detective Sergeant Mark Hoerrmann at (602) 223-2193.
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