Fabian Grimaldo Arrested after DUI Collision near Bethany Homes Road

LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ (February 1, 2022) – Friday morning, Brian Vaughn and Joaquin Santiago Ruiz were killed in a wrong-way crash on Loop 303.

Just before 4:00 a.m., the accident happened on the southbound lanes of the highway near Bethany Homes Road. Officers say two vehicles were involved.

Per reports, the driver of a pickup-truck was heading north along the southbound lanes. As a result, the truck eventually collided head-on with an oncoming southbound SUV.

Authorities later identified the driver of the SUV as 61-year-old Vaughn. Due to the extent of his condition, medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Ruiz, a passenger in the truck, later died after being transported to a local hospital.

Moreover, crews took 21-year-old Fabian Grimaldo to a hospital and accused him of driving the wrong way. Officers later placed him in jail after his release from the hospital. On January 30, he posted a $200,000 bond and was freed.

According to court papers, Grimaldo’s blood alcohol level was approximately three times the legal limit at the time of the collision.


The team at Sweet James offers their warm and sincerest sympathies to the friends and family of Brian Vaughn and Joaquin Santiago Ruiz May you find comfort and strength during this difficult time.


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