Phoenix, AZ (August 25, 2018) – 1 woman is dead following a 3-vehicle collision on Interstate 10 Highway in the west Valley early Saturday morning, August 25th. According to the Department of Public Safety, troopers were summoned to respond to a collision on the westbound Interstate 10 near 67th Avenue sometime after 2:00 a.m. A vehicle that had run out of gas and was stopped in one of the lanes and a 2nd vehicle stopped right behind the 1st vehicle to lend assistance to the driver. A 3rd vehicle was not able to stop in time and collided into the 2nd vehicle that then collided into the 1st vehicle. The driver who got out of the second vehicle to lend assistance was identified as 29-year old Marisela Noriega.
Noriega was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. A passenger and 2 children inside the 2nd vehicle were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where they were treated for minor injuries sustained in the crash. Authorities have also identified the driver of the 3rd vehicle as 35-year old Jose Manuel Spata Jr. who fled the scene but was later apprehended and arrested. He is facing multiple felony charges including manslaughter, endangerment, leaving the scene of a fatal collision, aggravated assault with a vehicle, and criminal damages. The driver of the 1st vehicle was identified as 26-year old Paul Richard Portillo-Aleman. Portillo-Aleman also fled the scene but was followed by witnesses and later apprehended by police and arrested as well. He also faces multiple felony charges of manslaughter, endangerment, and leaving the scene of a fatal collision. According to DPS, Sapata Jr. and Portillo-Aleman are both suspected of driving impaired. The westbound I-10 was closed from 51st Avenue for several hours as trooper, detective and cleaning crews worked thru the early hours.
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