Wrong-way driver leaves 1 dead in Scottsdale after head-on collision
PHOENIX — A wrong-way vehicle collision in Scottsdale left one dead on Thursday morning.
Northbound Loop 101 was completely closed between Chaparral and Thomas roads for several hours, but reopened around 10:30 a.m., according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Just after 3 a.m., the Arizona Department of Public Safety started receiving calls of a wrong-way driver traveling south on northbound Loop 101 near Chaparral Road.
Authorities then received reports of a head-on collision including the wrong-way vehicle and a motorcycle.
The motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries but the driver of the SUV was not injured, authorities said.
The driver, later identified as 25-year-old Nicholas Sajovic, was taken into custody and booked on one count of second-degree murder, authorities said.
Officials also said impairment is believed to be a factor in the crash.
No other information was made immediately available.
The investigation is ongoing.