Fight between driver, passenger results in crash in Phoenix

Police say a car crash that critically injured a driver and shut down part of a Phoenix freeway was started by a fight between the man and a passenger.

Authorities say the southbound lanes on a section of State Route 51 near the Northern exit were closed for several hours Sunday.

They say 23-year-old Luis William Winiker got into an argument with the driver. That’s when Winiker allegedly deliberately crashed the car into a center barrier.

Police say the fight escalated with Winiker beating the driver.

The driver was transported to a hospital with extremely critical injuries.

Winiker has been booked on three counts of aggravated assault. Police haven’t said what the relationship between the two men is.

The driver’s name is being withheld.

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