3 killed, 4 injured in Peoria wreck; investigators suspect impairment

Nov 21, 2022, 4:00 PM
(Peoria Police Department Photo)...
(Peoria Police Department Photo)
(Peoria Police Department Photo)

PHOENIX – Two adults and a teenager were killed and four other people were injured Sunday night in a collision in Peoria, authorities said.

The crash occurred around 9 p.m. on 107th Avenue between Deer Valley Road and Rose Garden Lane, the Peoria Police Department said in a press release Monday.

A Mazda van carrying two adults and four children was turning left from Lone Cactus Drive onto 107th Avenue when it was hit by a Jeep, police said.

Investigators believe impairment and speed on the part of Jeep driver were factors.

The van’s driver, 36-year-old Elizabeth Simpson of Glendale, and front-seat passenger, 31-year-old Jace Hochstetler of Phoenix, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The four children were taken to a hospital, where a 14-year-old girl died. Two of the other children sustained life-threatening injuries, and one had minor injuries.

All of the van occupants were wearing seatbelts, police said. The sex and age of the three surviving children were not released.

The Jeep driver, who was traveling alone, was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Both directions of 107th Avenue were closed between Deer Valley Road and Rose Garden Lane overnight while the scene was under investigation. The roadway didn’t reopen until early afternoon Monday.

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3 killed, 4 injured in Peoria wreck; investigators suspect impairment