CREATED Jan. 6, 2013
SAN TAN VALLEY (KGUN9-TV) - A woman is dead after colliding with a metal power pole Friday evening.
Pinal County Sheriff's deputies responded to a single-vehicle collision on Bella Vista Road, near Quail Run in San Tan Valley, at around 6:15 p.m. Friday, according to Tim Gaffney with the Pinal County Sheriff's Department.
Once on scene, deputies learned that a 1997 Toyota 4-Runner crashed into an SRP metal power pole with a concrete retainer, Gaffney said.
Gaffney tells KGUN9 that the sole occupant of the vehicle, 47-year-old Donna Love, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses told deputies at the scene that the Toyota was involved in a hit-and-run collision with a tree near Bella Vista and Hunt Highway. Following that collision, the driver began to drive recklessly, by driving through the dirt on the right side of the roadway while attempting to pass vehicles, according to Gaffney.
Gaffney says initial speed estimates show Love was traveling between 70 and 80 mph at the time of the collision on a roadway with speed limits posted at 45 mph. Love was also not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Evidence at the scene of this crash, indicated the driver was impaired by alcohol and prescription drugs at the time of the collision."
Babeu also stated that, ""The Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force just finished conducting heavy saturation enforcement patrols throughout the holidays in an effort to remove those drivers who don't heed our message to use a designated driver if they choose to consume alcohol. Deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office arrested over three times more people for impaired driving then just four years ago."