Wrong-Way Driver Causes Deadly Collision on I-17

wrong-way collision on I-17
One of the vehicles involved in the deadly wrong-way collision on I-17 early Friday, April 14, 2017. Photo: DPS

A wrong-way driver killed himself and two others on I-17 in North Phoenix yesterday.

The vehicle was reported traveling southbound in the northbound lanes south of the Happy Valley Road exit Friday, April 14 around 2:09 a.m. About a minute later it collided with a white passenger car, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The wrong-way driver and two people in the other car had to be extricated by Phoenix Fire, and all were pronounced dead at the scene, DPS reported. The cars collided at a high rate of speed with no signs of either vehicle attempting to brake or avoid the collision, the agency reported today.


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The wrong-way driver was Keaton Tyler Allison, 21, of Colorado Springs, CO, according to DPS. Impairment has not been ruled out as a cause of the accident.

The other car, with North Carolina plates, had two female occupants, ages 20 and 19. DPS identified the victims as Karlie Arlene Richardson, 20, and Kelsey Mae Richardson, 18, both of Mooresville, NC.

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Vehicles involved in the deadly wrong-way collision on I-17 early Friday, April 14, 2017. Photo: DPS

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