A series of I-10 accidents claimed four lives in the past week in Arizona. A Phoenix-area woman is accused of drunk driving and causing a five-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 that killed two people, had her 3-year-old daughter with her in the car at the time of the fatal collision.
26-year old Lauren Tamburrelli from Chandler, had her young daughter in a car seat when she allegedly caused the multi-car accident on the Interstate 10 in Chandler on Saturday.
Tamburrelli was driving on I-10 eastbound in her Hyundai sedan when she rear-ended another vehicle near Wild Horse Pass Boulevard Saturday night, according to a statement by the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS).
The first vehicle she hit spun out and traveled through the dirt median and the cable barrier, and into the westbound traffic, the DPS said. A passenger was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at a hospital. The driver was trapped in the car and sadly was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the DPS.
According to DPS, after Tamburrelli rear-ended the first car, she side-swept another vehicle, resulting in the driver and passenger being hospitalized.
Arizona State Troopers said Tamburrelli smelled like alcohol upon their arrival at the scene. She was stumbling at the accident site, with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. She tried to walk away from the trooper questioning her, becoming hostile and combative, said DPS.
Bond was set at $500,000, and her initial court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 30.
Four people have died in accidents on I-10 in Arizona in the past few days. An 8-year-old girl was killed last week on I-10 near the California border. The vehicle she was riding in was driving erratically and eventually flipped.
Two tractor-trailers collided early Tuesday morning, killing one near Buckeye Valley, west of Phoenix.
I-10 in Arizona is nationally recognized as one of the most dangerous highways in America. Please, obey the speed limit, don’t drive distracted and use extreme caution when traveling on I-10 in Arizona.