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Crash kills 3 near Payson; Man facing manslaughter charges

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Posted at 6:36 AM, Apr 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-22 11:50:04-04

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a Scottsdale man is facing manslaughter charges in connection with a four-car wreck near Payson last week that left three people dead.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say 49-year-old James David Duncan was driving a pickup truck Friday night that allegedly crossed the center line and collided with several vehicles on State Route 87 between Payson and Pine. Killed in the chain-reaction collision were a 54-year-old Payson woman, a 38-year-old San Tan Valley woman and a 15-year-old boy.

Duncan was injured in the crash and was arrested Tuesday after he got out of a hospital. DPS officials say Duncan faces three counts of manslaughter, five counts of endangerment and DUI related charges.