A young woman is fighting for her life after police say a suspected drunk driver drove into the mother's van with her special needs daughter in the back seat.
Police spent Thursday morning collecting evidence at the scene of the crash near 19th Avenue and Cactus.
The intersection was close to Raben Howard's home and was closed as she walked by.
"These people left locations where they were drinking, they were around other people, we have to do more to keep them off the roadway," said Sgt. Trent Crump.
Police say 23-year-old Roxanne Kirk was heading southbound in a Jeep SUV that crossed the center line and collided with a van. The driver of that van, a 27-year-old mother lost her left leg as a result. Her 7-year-old special needs daughter was in a car seat in the back and was not injured.
Detectives gave Kirk a field sobriety test and according to paperwork her blood alcohol content level was .14. She was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail, and she could face more charges.
"We will wait, watch, and see what the injury level is, there may be additional charges of endangerment for a passenger, the child that was in the car and wasn't injured," said Crump.
A bystander helped pull the special needs child out of the wreckage, and neighbors are hopeful senseless tragedies like these are prevented.