- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The driver of a van that slammed into the back of a disabled big rig on a Phoenix freeway is facing two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of his passengers.

James Edward Washington was arrested after being released from the hospital and had his initial court appearance Tuesday.

According to court documents, tests after the crash show Washington had drugs in his system at the time of accident early Monday on Interstate 17.

Bond has been set at $250,000 for the 37-year-old Washington, who also is jailed on suspicion of one count of criminal damage and one count of endangerment.

He doesn’t have an attorney yet.

The two people who died at the scene have been identified as 26-year-old Jonathan Branson and 34-year-old Misty Sanchez, both of Wickenburg.

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