Crash kills 3 near Payson; Man facing manslaughter charges

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PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Scottsdale man faces manslaughter charges in connection with a four-car near Payson last week that left three people dead, according to authorities.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said 49-year-old James David Duncan was driving a pickup truck night that allegedly crossed the center line and collided with several vehicles on State Route 87 between Payson and Pine.

Killed in the chain-reaction collision were a 54-year-old Payson woman, a 38-year-old San Tan Valley woman and a 15-year-old boy.

Duncan was injured in the crash and was arrested Tuesday after he got out of a hospital.

DPS officials said Duncan faces three counts of manslaughter, five counts of endangerment and DUI related charges.

It was unclear if Duncan has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.

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