Suicidal driver accused of intentionally causing wreck that killed another, but not self

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Keith Johnson

SURPRISE, Ariz. — A suicidal driver intentionally caused a fatal four-vehicle crash in Surprise on Wednesday morning, according to Sgt. Tim Klarkowski with Suprise police.

It happened at the intersection of Litchfield Road and Peoria Avenue at approximately 8 a.m.

The suicidal driver, 19-year-old Keith Johnson, was released from the hospital and booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail on one count of second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Police said each vehicle was occupied by one driver who was transported to a hospital.

Margie Yaw-Mehlos, 46, of Surprise, died. She was driving a Volkswagon passenger car.

Johnson was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck and investigators said he intentionally caused the collision in an attempt to take his own life.

Police shut down the intersection for several hours as they investigated.

Source: KPHO/KTVK

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