PHOENIX — A Peoria man was identified Thursday as the wrong-way driver killed in a head-on crash on a Phoenix freeway that also caused the death of another driver.
Arizona Department of Public Safety identified the driver as Ronald Wayne Mollenahuer, 56.
DPS previously identified Young Lee, 54, of Phoenix as the other man killed in Tuesday night’s crash.
Mollenahuer was driving westbound in eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport before taking a ramp onto State Route 51 where the driver smashed into a white sedan, according to DPS officials.
In a video posted Thursday by the DPS, security cameras show Mollenahuer’s red sedan travelling against traffic on a freeway near the airport.
The footage also showed Mollenahuer narrowly avoided a pedestrian on his way into an airport parking lot, where he circled for about a minute. He then barreled through the garage gate and onto airport roads before entering I-10.
Time stamps from airport footage indicate Mollenahuer drove against freeway traffic for at least four minutes.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday ordered state agencies to combat wrong-way driving.
Ducey said he wants officials to increase enforcement and awareness, as well as expedite and broaden the deployment of new thermal camera technology aimed at curbing the problem.