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Suspected Drunk Driver Hits Pedestrian While Attempting to Flee Crash

Jonathan V. O'Steen

January 18, 2014

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Tempe, Arizona—A crash in a Wal-mart parking lot has left a pedestrian with serious injuries. According to police, the incident started when Christy Kupper fled the scene of a crash on Rural Road near Southern. Instead of stopping, Ms. Kupper accelerated her vehicle and drove into a nearby Wal-mart parking lot.

Suspected Drunk Driver Hits Pedestrian While Attempting to Flee Crash

While driving at a high rate of speed, she struck another car. The impact caused her vehicle to spin out of control and strike a pedestrian walking in the parking lot. The entire scene unfolded on surveillance video.

After striking the pedestrian, Ms. Kupper crashed into three or four other vehicles before finally coming to a stop.

The unidentified pedestrian was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, including multiple broken bones, that are not believed to be life-threatening.

According to police, Ms. Kupper was uninjured in the crash. She performed poorly on field sobriety tests and an analysis revealed a blood-alcohol content of 0.20, more than twice the legal limit.

We wish the pedestrian a complete and speedy recovery from her injuries.

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