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A woman facing a murder charge in a 2015 Phoenix traffic death had a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit, according to newly released court records.

Michelle Ware, 46, was driving south on Seventh Avenue in Phoenix on Feb. 7,  2015, when her car veered across the center line, Maricopa County Superior Court records state.

According to court documents, Ware’s Dodge Charger struck a Ford Taurus going north. Ware’s vehicle exploded in flames and two witnesses pulled her from the burning car, records state.

A reconstructed scene, records state, determined that at the time of the accident, Ware’s vehicle was going at a minimum of 78 mph in a 40 mph zone.

One of the three people in the Ford Taurus was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people in that vehicle were wounded, court records state. 

Ware also suffered head trauma and multiple fractures, records said.

According to records, Ware’s blood-alcohol content was 0.243 percent when she was tested shortly after being admitted to a hospital. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08 percent. 

Ware has been charged with second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. She is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 2. Her bond was set at $25,000.


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