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Updated Jun 7, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Man killed in northeast Phoenix in alcohol-related crash

PHOENIX — Phoenix police say a woman is facing a manslaughter charge for
allegedly driving drunk, causing a man’s death in a collision Saturday morning.

Police spokesman James Holmes said 33-year-old Michelle Nicole Ayers was
speeding in a Chevy Blazer on Cactus Road near 40th Street around 1:30 a.m. when
she rear-ended a Ford Expedition.

Holmes said the Expedition went off the road and struck a block wall and a
tree.

He said the Expedition driver, 47-year-old Christopher James Kutcher, was
critically injured and later pronounced dead.

Authorities said Ayers showed signs of impairment. Preliminary tests show she
had a blood-alcohol level that was more than three times the legal limit.

Ayers has since been booked on one count of manslaughter. It was not
immediately known if she had an attorney.

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