Aug 21, 2014 4:38 PM by Associated Press

Woman killed, 2 others injured after Laveen crash

LAVEEN, Ariz. (AP) - A woman is dead and two other people seriously injured after a car driven by a suspected drunken driver collided with a minivan in Laveen.

Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say the 55-year-old man driver of the car allegedly ran a stop sign and struck the minivan's passenger side about 2 a.m. Thursday.

Authorities say 44-year-old Elizabeth Valenzuela was ejected from the vehicle. They say the impact pushed the minivan onto two wheels before it came down on Valenzuela and fatally injured her.

Authorities say her 56-year-old husband Manuel Valenzuela was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

They say the driver of the car, Michael Cherney, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent. That's well above the state's legal limit of 0.08.

He was taken to a hospital and likely will face charges.


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