Michael Bowman, 39, admitted he had illegally obtained narcotic drugs from Del Webb Hospital where he worked as a technician, Sgt. Mark Ortega, a Surprise police spokesman, said.
Bowman was arrested 10 days after the accident. Ortega said that time allowed authorities to complete their investigation. Among the findings was that Bowman had morphine, Demerol and midazolam, Ortega said.
He could not say if Bowman was using any of the drugs at the time of the accident when his pickup truck had collided with a van, killing one of van’s five passengers. Three other passengers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The accident happened at the intersection of Reems Road and Paradise Lane.
Ortega said Bowman was driving on a suspended license at the time of the collision.
Police have not provided the name of the man who died. They are awaiting medical report with a positive identification of the man, who was badly burned.