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Police: Ariz. man who killed Oswego woman in wrong-way crash had history of DUIs

New details have emerged about the death of an Oswego woman who was killed after police said a man drove the wrong-way down a highway in Arizona.
Phoenix, AZ (WSYR-TV) - New details have emerged about the death of an Oswego woman who was killed after police said a man drove the wrong-way down a highway in Arizona.

Police say 27-year-old Benjamin Kuzelka, of Phoenix, Ariz., was intoxicated when he drove the wrong way on State Route 51 at about 4:23 a.m. and collided head-on with a 2012 Cadillac Escalade registered as a taxi.

The collision killed 55-year-old Mary Boysman of Oswego who, according to police, did not have a seatbelt on.

The driver of the vehicle, Raja Marlmuthu, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and was released from the hospital four days later.

Detectives say Marlmuthu has not been able to return to work because of injuries suffered.

Kuzelka has been charged with the following:
  • Second Degree Murder
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated DUI
  • Criminal Damage
  • Five counts of Endangerment
Police say they received calls from several people who had to swerve out of the way of Kuzelka’s 2002 Toyota Tundra.

After the accident, Kuzelka was taken to the hospital - where according to police - his blood alcohol level was more than three-times the legal limit.

After investigating Kuzelka’s history, police discovered that he had been arrested for DUI in the state of California twice within the last 84 months.

Kuzelka is being held on $500,000 bail.

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