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Fatal crash driver surrenders

Published:Sunday | December 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM


A 68-year-old Chandler woman who allegedly was under the influence of alcohol and prescription medication has surrendered in a May wrong-way freeway collision that killed two people.

The state Department of Public Safety (DPS) says Patricia Neal Murphy was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and other charges in the early morning head-on accident on the Loop 202 freeway.

According to DPS, Murphy required a lengthy recovery after being seriously injured in the accident on the Loop 202 freeway.

A young Mesa couple died and Murphy's nine year-old grandson was slightly injured. The DPS identified those killed as 25-year-old Michael Ruquet and 20-year-old Ashley Adea.

Murphy appeared in court last Thursday and was ordered held in lieu of US$500,000 bond. Her attorney, Brad Smith, did not immediately return a call for comment.