Young Lee Killed in Wrong-Way Accident on SR-51
Phoenix, Arizona—Another wrong-way driver on a Valley freeway has claimed two lives, including his own, on Tuesday night. Young Lee, age 54, was killed when his car was struck head-on by an unidentified wrong-way driver.
Mr. Lee was southbound on the transition ramp that connects the southern end of SR-51 to eastbound I-10. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a red sedan was spotted at about 7:45 p.m. traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-10, just south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It is not known where the driver entered the freeway. Multiple freeways intersect in this area, also known as the “mini-stack.”
The wrong-way driver turned north onto the transition ramp that connects the southern end of SR-51 to eastbound I-10, where he collided head-on with Mr. Lee’s car. A third vehicle was involved in the accident’s aftermath, resulting in minor injuries to the driver of that car.
DPS is exploring ways to decrease the number of wrong-way crashes. One proposal under consideration is an electronic system of cameras that notifies police when it is triggered by a wrong-way driver. The system also notifies other drivers in the area through digital signboards above freeways.
We extend our condolences to the families and friends of Mr. Lee.