Marana, AZ – A vehicle drove westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 at Milepost 242 when it collided with another vehicle driving eastbound. Drivers of both vehicles died at the scene.
Saturday, March 19, 2016, at about 4:16am, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADPS) Operation Communications (OpComm) in Tucson began receiving calls of a dark colored passenger vehicle driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 near the Twin Peaks Exit (Marana area). Troopers immediately responded to that area to locate the vehicle. While the troopers responded ADPS OpComm received a call from the Marana Police advising of a two vehicle collision at milepost 242 which may have been a fatal collision.
Based on the preliminary investigation a dark colored sedan, driven by Stephanie Perez, 25, from Tucson was driving wrong way, going westbound in the eastbound inside lane of traffic. The dark sedan collided head-on with a grey colored sedan, driven by Andrew Ingargiola, 26, from Tucson, which was going eastbound in the inside lane of traffic. The Ms. Perez was fully ejected from her vehicle and died at the scene. Mr. Ingargiola was not ejected but died at the scene from sustained injuries.
A secondary collision, with minor injuries, occurred just east of the fatal collision. Eastbound Interstate 10 was closed until 8:42am.
ADPS Captain Damon Cecil has said, “Unfortunately too many of these wrong way drivers are impaired. The best way to stop wrong way drivers is to stop drunk or impaired drivers. Increase your chances to avoid wrong-way crashes by staying right, staying aware, and reporting them immediately.”