UPDATE: Driver in deadly Oct. 9 crash booked into jail upon release from hospital

Douglas Phillip Bender
Douglas Phillip Bender(Tucson Police Department)
Updated: Oct. 15, 2020 at 10:54 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Police have jailed a man who was injured in a deadly crash on the east side.

According to information from the Tucson Police Department, 47-year-old Douglas Phillip Bender was taken into custody on Wednesday, Oct. 14, after being released from a hospital. He was booked into the Pima County Jail on second-degree murder and criminal damage charges.

Bender was driving a Jeep that crossed the median on Tanque Verde Road and struck a Hyundai Sonata driven by 20-year-old Adam Ballerstein on Friday night, Oct. 9.

TPD officers and Tucson Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the 8000 block of E. Tanque Verde Road at at 10:20 p.m. for the crash.

Bender was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Ballerstein was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives believe excessive speed and impairment are contributing factors to the crash. Bender was allegedly impaired at the time of the collision.

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