Upon her release from the hospital on Thursday, Iyona Holton was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on charges for her role in a deadly crash that killed 6 people.
Holton has been charged with four counts of Aggravated Assault, 1 count of Possession of Dangerous Drugs, and 1 count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS), on Friday, July 2, 2021, at approximately 1:20 p.m., the Department received a report of a three-vehicle collision involving two passenger vehicles and a commercial tractor-trailer on eastbound Interstate 10 at milepost 82, near Tonopah.
Investigators determined the two passenger vehicles, a GMC Envoy driven by Holton and a Nissan Altima, driven by Natisha Nicole Moffett, were initially traveling westbound on I-10. Both vehicles drove into and through the dirt median, a marked “No U-Turn” zone, in order to turn around and travel eastbound on I-10. As the GMC and Nissan vehicles entered the eastbound travel lanes, they were struck by a commercial tractor-trailer.
As a result of the collision, both the GMC and Nissan sustained significant damage. Holton and four passengers in the GMC were transported to nearby hospitals with serious injuries.
Moffett, age 35, of Phoenix, and her five passengers all suffered fatal injuries and were declared deceased at the scene.