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DPS IDs two killed in wrong-way crash

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MESA, Ariz. - The Department of Public Safety has identified two people who were killed in a wrong-way crash on the Loop 202 San Tan near Higley Road on Saturday morning.

Officers first received a report of a wrong-way driver in a pickup truck on the eastbound 202 at about 1:35 a.m.

Despite eight DPS patrol units and assistance from Mesa and Gilbert Police departments, the truck crashed into a sedan at about about 10 minutes later.

25-year-old Michael Ruquet and 20-year-old Ashley Adea were killed.

DPS says the wrong-way driver is 68-year-old Patricia Murphy from Chandler; she was driving with her 9-year-old grandson.

Murphy is in the hospital in serious condition, but is expected to survive.

Her grandson also suffered serious injuries and is expected to survive.

According to court documents, Murphy tested positive for benzodiazepine and opiates and her blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

She will likely face murder charges.

This is the third deadly wrong-way driver crash in a week. 

Mesa Police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza was killed near the US 60 and I-10 on Monday when a wrong-way driver crashed into his car.

On Friday, three people died when a wrong way driver crashed into their van on I-17.
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