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1999 Personal Account

(September 1998, Arizona) On a clear Tuesday evening in Phoenix, an intoxicated driver and his passenger were on their way home after a night of partying, when their car sideswiped another vehicle.

The two drivers pulled off the freeway.

At this point, one expects to exchange insurance information, or contact authorities. Instead, the scene took a melodramatic turn.

The culpable driver turned to his passenger and shouted, "Let's run!" In shock from the collision, the passenger was unable to budge from the Volkswagen Jetta. The driver, however, was off and running along the freeway shoulder, weaving in a drunken stupor.

He reached a nearby overpass, flung his legs over the side of the bridge, and plunged 48 feet to his death in the dry Salt River bed below.

No one else was injured

Submitted by: Howard Swanson

Reference: The Arizona Republic

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