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Teen driver charged with passenger’s death in Phoenix area freeway wreck

PHOENIX — A teenager has been charged in a fatal East Valley freeway accident.

Authorities said Robert Joseph Lopez, 19, was arrested in the death of Devonna Crouch, 16, who was a passenger in the car that crashed into a median on Interstate 10 East at U.S. 60 early Friday morning.

Lopez, the driver, was charged with suspicion of second-degree murder, aggravated assault and endangerment.

Lopez admitted he had smoked marijuana before the accident. He also was driving without a valid license, officers said.

Crouch was killed when her head hit a bolt on the light
pole that the car struck.

KTAR’s Jim Cross and the Associated Press contributed to this report.