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Joseph Ryan O'Conner Arrested in Death of Steven Daniels

Jonathan V. O'Steen

January 23, 2014

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Phoenix, Arizona—The Arizona Department of Public Safety has announced an arrest in connection with the death of a Prescott Valley man on Monday as a result of a traffic pile-up on Interstate 17 near Thomas Road.  I reported on this accident on Monday. The incident resulted in the death of 27 year old Steven Matthew Daniels.  Other motorists were injured in the accident.

Video: Steven Daniels Killed, Several Injured in Fiery Crash on Interstate 17

The driver of a flatbed truck hauling compressed gas cylinders, which fell onto the freeway, is the man under arrest, charged with negligent homicide.  DPS investigators have identified him as Joseph Ryan O’Conner, age 27.  O’Conner left the scene of the fatal crash and was turned-in later by a third party.

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