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Young Lee Killed in Wrong-Way Accident on SR-51

James R. Harrison

June 8, 2017

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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.

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