Benjamin Kuzelka pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a fatal wrong-way crash on State Route 51 in October. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A Phoenix man with two previous drunken-driving convictions pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and other charges in connection with a wrong-way freeway crash that killed a New York woman Oct. 6 in Phoenix.
Benjamin Charles Kuzelka, 27, entered his plea in Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday morning.
Kuzelka was arrested Nov. 7 after being released from John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, where he was recovering from injuries he suffered in the crash that killed 55-year-old Mary A. Boysman of Oswego, NY.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said Boysman was a passenger in an SUV that was struck head-on by a vehicle being driven in the wrong direction on State Route 51.
The two vehicles spun clockwise 90 degrees before coming to rest just a few feet from the area of impact, DPS said.
The driver of the SUV was seriously injured and hospitalized for four days.
Kuzelka had a initial blood alcohol content of 0.281 percent, more than three times the legal limit, according to the police report.
Police said Kuzelka's driving record in California showed drunken-driving convictions on March 16, 2007, and Oct. 31, 2007.
Kuzelka also pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault, endangerment, aggravated DUI and criminal damage.
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