Arizona girl arrested, charged with murder after fatal crash

A 19-year-old girl was arrested Monday on charges of murder and four counts of aggravated assault following a car crash that killed one person and injured four others, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said.

About 8:30 p.m. Friday, Madison Carey was driving west on Pinnacle Peak Road near North 56th Street when her car went off the road, according to court documents. Carey oversteered and crossed into the eastbound lane, causing a head-on collision with another car with five people inside, the documents say.

Court records say both cars came to an abrupt stop, spun around and caught fire. One passenger in the other car died after being taken to a hospital, documents say, and Carey suffered a broken ankle.

According to court documents, police spoke with three witnesses who said they saw Carey’s car veer into oncoming traffic, leading to the crash. One witness said the car veered into oncoming traffic before the crash, while another said he was going about 25 mph in a 45 mph zone, the documents said.

Another passenger was seriously injured, with paralyzed legs and requiring multiple surgeries, according to court documents. A third passenger required emergency surgery and intensive care, the documents said, while the last two passengers suffered multiple broken bones.

According to court documents, police found two IDs in Carey’s possession, one with her real name and date of birth and the other with a fake date of birth, indicating she was over 21. Carey was 19 at the time of the incident.

Carey’s preliminary breathalyzer test showed a blood alcohol level of 0.146 percent, court records say. The legal blood alcohol level is 0.08 percent.

According to court documents, Carey admitted to taking prescribed central nervous system depressants and using recreational marijuana.

Carey was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on Monday on charges of murder and four counts of aggravated assault.