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4 injured in wrong-way wreck

Four people suffered injuries after they were involved in a car accident in Arizona on July 30. According to the report, the crash took place on Interstate 17 near the Thomas Road exit in Phoenix at approximately 10:15 p.m.

Prior to the accident, officers with the Department of Public Safety received several calls about a vehicle that was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the interstate. One officer attempted to ram the wrong-way vehicle near McDowell Road, but the vehicle was able to drive around the officer. The wrong-way vehicle later struck a passenger car that was carrying two people then collided head-on with a Lexus.

The crash left the male driver of the wrong-way vehicle with injuries that were said to be critical. The driver of the Lexus, a 30-year-old woman, was seriously injured. They were both transported to local hospitals for treatment, and the two occupants of first car that was hit were also hospitalized. The severity of their injuries was not disclosed in the news source.

Officers suspected that the wrong-way driver was impaired when the accident took place. He was charged with aggravated assault in addition to other criminal counts. A DPS officer stated that the charges could be raised to homicide if one of the victims dies.

Those injured in car accidents can file personal injury lawsuits against the entities they believe were responsible. By filing this type of lawsuit, a car accident victim could win compensation for financial harm caused to them by the crash. That restitution could account for medical bills, lost income from having to miss work and property damage.

Source: ABC 15, "DPS: 4 injured in wrong-way crash on Interstate 17", July 31, 2014

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