Wrong-way driver leaves 1 dead in Scottsdale after head-on collision

Oct 22, 2020, 5:35 AM | Updated: 2:42 pm
Nicholas Sajovic.  (MCSO Photo)...
Nicholas Sajovic. (MCSO Photo)
(MCSO Photo)

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.

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Wrong-way driver leaves 1 dead in Scottsdale after head-on collision