Arizona woman dies after jumping out of moving car being driven by drunk friend following an argument
An Arizona woman died after she jumped out of a moving car after an argument with her friend, who was drunk and driving the vehicle.
Twenty four-year-old Summer Leann Crosswhite suffered "life-threatening injuries" after the incident and was rushed to a hospital for treatment, but did not survive.
According to AZ Central, officers from the Scottsdale Police Department received numerous calls about an injured person near the 6500 block of Indian School Road at 7:40 pm on Thursday, March 14.
In a news release detailing the incident, the Scottsdale Police wrote, "When the officers arrived, they located an injured adult female subject in the middle of the roadway."
The woman, later identified as Crosswhite on Friday evening, passed away from the incident. Sgt. Ben Hoster confirmed her death.
It later emerged that the car was being driven by Crosswhite's friend, 21-year-old Courtney Kiser, and that the pair had gotten into an argument while they were in the vehicle.
Officials also revealed that Crosswhite and Kiser had been drinking in downtown Scottsdale prior to their argument, and Kiser decided to drive home "in a red Ford Mustang with the victim in the front passenger seat."
The vehicle was reportedly traveling westbound on Indian School Road when Kiser and Crosswhite got into the altercation. At some point during their fight, the latter allegedly opened the passenger door and jumped out of the vehicle.
Kiser subsequently stopped the car and stayed at the scene until police officers arrived. She was arrested on suspicion of a DUI, and police provided no further details because the investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
The Scottsdale Police Department announced in a tweet that the westbound lanes of Indian School Rd were closed at 68th Street and asked citizens to use an alternate route. Commenting on the post, a woman who identified herself as Abigail on her Twitter handle claimed that Crosswhite was a friend of hers and asked for prayers for the 24-year-old's family, who are devastated.
According to her Facebook page, Kiser studied at the Mission Hills High School and worked at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza.