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Phoenix police say impairment in separate, deadly collisions

Posted at 8:43 AM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 10:43:17-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say two people died in separate traffic collisions in Phoenix involving impaired drivers.

Police say the incidents happened Sunday just a few hours apart.

The first one occurred at Baseline Road and 48th Street when a car struck an approaching motorcycle while turning left.

The motorcyclist, 56-year-old William Curran, was killed. A 59-year-old female passenger is listed in extremely critical condition. Neither was wearing a helmet.

Police say the 28-year-old male driver showed signs of impairment and was booked on manslaughter and aggravated assault.

The second was near 53rd Avenue and Van Buren Street. A vehicle crossed over the median and struck a car driven by a 27-year-old woman.

The woman died at the scene. Her 3-year-old daughter is in critical condition.

Police say speed and impairment were factors.