Fatal crash shuts down Thunderbird exit on I-17; people in SUV face charges

A horrific crash claimed the life of an innocent woman. The driver of a black SUV was driving with his lights off when authorities say he ran a red light and slammed right into the side of a white Dodge Neon, killing the driver.

It's believed the two people in the SUV may have been fleeing from police when they slammed into the car driven by 48-year-old Constance Swenson, and now her family is speaking out.

It's unbelievable, it's shock, it can't be real, but it is," said Tami Walker.

Tami Walker is still coming to terms with the fact her niece Constance Swenson was killed in a car crash.

It happened near I-17 and Thunderbird. 

"She was at her sister's house having dinner and she were leaving and coming home, and I guess right at that time she was at the wrong place at the right time," said Walker.

Police say Swenson was hit by an SUV that was driving without headlights, and did not stop at a red light. Inside that SUV these two, Dustin Sommerfield and Christina Moses, police believe both were impaired.

The whole ordeal started earlier in the evening. Police say the duo was wanted for flashing a gun during a road rage incident.

Then about 35 minutes later they careened through the intersection hitting Constance Swenson's Dodge Neon.

"She was very sweet, very loving, very kind," said Walker.

The family now came together, clinging to memories.

"She lost her mother to cancer about the same time I lost mine, she was a big help to me and we shared lots of stories, I'll miss her for that, I'll thank her for that," she said.

And they have a message for the driver that police say took their loved ones life.

"To the man who did this, I hope you realize what you did to our family, and it hurts," said Walker.

And they have a final message for Constance. 

"We'll miss you, and we love you, and we wish this didn't happen," she said.

Both Sommerfield and Moses are facing charges. Sommerfield is facing manslaughter charges, and Moses is being booked for felony flight and DUI because police believe she was behind the wheel earlier in the night before the crash.

The family of Constance Swenson has setup a donation site at https://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/help-us-raise-funds-for-connie-swenson-s-funeral-services/308376
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