Arrest made after 9 injured in multivehicle wreck in West Valley

Jan 24, 2023, 9:15 AM
Jose Sanchez (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Facebook/El Mirage Police Department Photos)...
Jose Sanchez (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Facebook/El Mirage Police Department Photos)
(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Facebook/El Mirage Police Department Photos)

PHOENIX – A 19-year-old driver was arrested after nine people were injured in a multivehicle wreck in the West Valley over the weekend, authorities said.

Jose Sanchez was booked into jail on five counts of aggravated assault and eight counts of endangerment, the El Mirage Police Department said in a press release.

Investigators believe impairment was a factor in the crash, which occurred around 10 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Thunderbird Road.

Patients from four vehicles required treatment for injuries. Seven victims were taken to hospitals. Two of them, a woman and a 9-year-old boy, were listed in critical condition.

Sanchez had to be extricated from his vehicle. He was treated at a hospital for his injuries, which weren’t life-threatening, and released before his arrest Monday.

No other details were made available.

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Arrest made after 9 injured in multivehicle wreck in West Valley