Impaired Driver Charged with Manslaughter and Endangerment

May 25, 2011

Andreah PattersonThe Mesa Police Department responded to the scene of a fatal traffic collision at the intersection of Country Club and McLellan yesterday just after 2:30 pm. It was discovered that a blue 1998 Ford Taurus was traveling east on West McLellan approaching Country Club. At the same time, a green 1997 Ford Explorer was traveling north on North Country Club and entered the intersection on a solid green traffic signal. The Ford Taurus failed to stop for the solid red traffic signal and struck the Ford Explorer, causing it to roll several times; the driver was ejected. The driver of the Explorer was declared deceased at the scene and has been identified as 31-year-old Anissa Wirth, a Phoenix resident. There was also a 23-year-old female passenger in the Explorer; however, she did not sustain serious physical injuries.

Several witnesses who remained at the scene confirmed with traffic investigators that the light for northbound Country Club was green at the time of the tragic collision. The driver of the Ford Taurus was not injured and has been identified as 24-year-old Andreah M. Patterson (shown here in photo), a Mesa resident. Traffic officers indicated that Patterson displayed numerous signs of impairment and conducted a DUI investigation. The investigaion revealed that Patterson is believed to have been impaired. As a result, Andreah Patterson has been arrested and booked on one count of Manslaughter and one count of Endangerment.

Please be reminded of the consequences of driving while impaired during the Memorial Holiday weekend.



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