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A Phoenix man faces a manslaughter charge in connection with a fatal traffic accident Saturday night in Tempe, police said.

Bryan Wolf, 26, initially was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after the crash. Tempe police said he had a .11 blood-alcohol level, according to a Maricopa County Superior Court document.

Wolf was driving a silver Dodge pickup truck west on Southern Avenue about 4:15 p.m., when he made a left turn onto southbound Rural Road, the document said.

Tempe police, in the document, said Wolf failed to yield to oncoming traffic heading east, and collided with another vehicle. Wolf was not injured, but the woman who was driving the second vehicle was transported to Banner Desert Hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries. 

The court document said the two other passengers in the vehicle that collided with Wolf’s truck suffered serious injuries.

Police said in the document that Wolf said he had one vodka drink at a bar and was talking on his phone with his brother at the time of the accident. 

Wolf in addition to the manslaughter count, faces charges of endangerment and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/dangerous instrument.


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