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Glendale Arizona Accident News
Peter Rankin was struck and killed by a Navajo Nation police officer as he rode his bicycle along Glendale Avenue early Friday morning. The Glendale Police Department received a call at about 12:13 a.m. reporting a red SUV driving erratically and striking curbs while traveling eastbound on Glendale Avenue from 75th Avenue.
Leland Billie was killed Thursday night around 10:30 by a hit-and-run driver near Bethany Home Road and 59th Avenue. The vehicle that struck Mr. Billie was proceeding westbound on Bethany Home Road.
Daniel Catalan died as a result of injuries he sustained in a car crash early Monday evening.
Students at Sandra Day O’Connor High School are mourning the loss of freshman Alexa Flores, age 15, who died as the result of injuries she sustained in a car accident on the way to school on Wednesday.
Four teenagers were transported to area hospitals after a crash Wednesday morning near Sonoran Mountain Ranch and Ridgeline roads in Peoria.
An unidentified teenage driver remains in a hospital in critical condition after crashing through a guardrail at Arizona 74 just north of Castle Hot Springs Road early Monday morning.
Andrew Woulard, age 23 of Phoenix, died of injuries he sustained on March 18th when a car traveling eastbound on Thunderbird Road turned north onto 75th Avenue in front of his motorcycle.
A police officer with the Surprise Police Department was the driver of one of three vehicles involved in a collision on Sunday night near Dysart Road and Grand Avenue in Surprise.
Susan Voss was killed Saturday afternoon when her car was struck by a SUV in the intersection of 59th Avenue and Northern in Glendale. Ms. Voss reportedly was eastbound on Northern and making a left turn onto 59th Avenue when her car was hit by the SUV.
Philip Wilson and Dustin Scherr died Thursday evening when Mr. Scherr's motorcycle struck Mr. Wilson, who was crossing 59th Avenue near Bethany Home Road in Glendale.
Lawrence Massaro was killed on Monday as he attempted to cross Camelback Road near 55th Avenue.
Sandra McClintock died as a result of injuries she received when the golf cart she was driving was t-boned near the intersection of West Wood Drive and 138th Avenue in Sun City West.
Five children and two adults were seriously injured when the minivan in which they were riding was struck by a pickup truck on Saturday evening. The accident occurred near Deer Valley Road and 87th Avenue in Peoria. According to investigators with the Peoria Police Department, the pickup truck was heading northbound on 87th Avenue when the collision occurred.
Rene Martinez and Marcos Alfonso Valdez Sanchez were killed early Monday morning when the Honda in which they were riding was rear-ended at a high rate of speed by a car whose driver reportedly had a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit.
Westbound Loop 101 was closed at Interstate 17 for six hours during Tuesday morning’s commute after a wrong-way driver crashed head-on into another vehicle, killing both drivers. The wrong-way driver’s car then burst into flames.
An adult female was struck and killed as she walked across Camelback Road in the early morning hours Wednesday. The tragic accident occurred near 69th Avenue. Police accident investigators and the Arizona Department of Transportation closed Camelback Road between 67th and 75th Avenues.
An accident between two cars in Glendale sent three people to the hospital early Saturday evening. The passenger in the front seat, identified as Franklin Martin, Jr., died from his injuries.
Accident investigators believe that the man who caused a fatal crash was under the influence of alcohol. The collision occurred late Monday evening and killed Alexis Rumer, age 19, and seriously injured the passenger in her vehicle, Cameron Watkins, age 22.
Police have arrested Keith Johnson in connection with the fatal crash that killed Margie Yaw-Melos. According to police, Johnson was attempting to kill himself when he triggered a multi-vehicle collision at Peoria Avenue and Litchfield Road in Surprise. Instead, Johnson's actions resulted in death of Ms. Yaw-Melos and injuries to two other innocent people.
Loscar Ochoa of Surprise was killed on Wednesday evening after his Kia sedan struck another car on Fain Road near Robert Road in Prescott Valley. The collision caused his vehicle to enter the median where it rolled. Accident investigators with the Prescott Valley Police Department report that Mr. Ochoa was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.
A SUV carrying nine people eastbound on Interstate 10 just outside Goodyear rolled, killing two of the occupants and sending six others to hospitals nearby. Maria Del Carmen Chavez, age 31, and an as-yet-unidentified 4 year old boy, both from Glendale, were identified as the deceased.
Kevin Douglas Terry was killed over the weekend when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a pickup truck. The incident occurred at the intersection of 45th Avenue and Camelback Road in Glendale.
Glendale Police Department accident investigators report that Mr. Terry apparently was heading east on Camelback when his motorcycle was struck by the pickup truck traveling north on 45th Avenue, causing the truck to flip and come to rest on its side.
Omar Portillo was killed early Wednesday morning when his Ford F-150 collided with a semi-truck at the intersection of 75th and Glendale Avenues. Accident investigators believe that Portillo was eastbound on Glendale when he apparently ran a red light at 75th Avenue.
Jose Vera was struck and killed while crossing 43rd Avenue at Whitton Avenue. According to witnesses, the suspect vehicle continued northbound on 43rd Avenue without stopping.
Michael Freeman was killed Friday evening when a vehicle exiting a private drive pulled directly into the path of his motorcycle. The driver fled the scene, which was captured on surveillance video. Accident investigators with the Glendale Police Department say that Mr. Freeman reportedly was traveling west on Northern Avenue at 51st Avenue when the tragic incident occurred. Mr. Freeman attempted to lay down his motorcycle, but was unable to avoid the fatal collision.
Joshua Merrill died when the single-engine Beechcraft he was piloting crash-landed in a greenbelt near a retirement community in Surprise. Michael Fox, age 32, his passenger and friend, is hospitalized with serious injuries.
Benjamin Gayongala was killed Sunday afternoon on Interstate 10 when a commercial vehicle changed lanes into a Nissan sedan, causing the Nissan to cross the interstate median where it struck a Cadillac station wagon. Mr. Gayongala was a passenger in the Cadillac. The tragic incident occurred near 339th Avenue. The driver of the commercial vehicle left the scene.
Abigail Melisko, age 16, died on Wednesday from injuries she suffered on March 1st when she was hit by a car. Abigail, a student at Sunrise Mountain High School, was walking to school and in a crosswalk with a walk signal at the intersection of 87th Avenue and Lake Pleasant Parkway in Peoria when she was hit by a driver who reportedly ran a red light.
Derek Pyle of Surprise was killed Saturday afternoon when his motorcycle was rear-ended by a SUV driven by an unidentified and unlicensed 16-year-old driver. The collision forced Mr. Pyle's bike into another vehicle.
Jorge Rivas was killed Thursday morning when a vehicle turned left from 57th Drive in front of his northbound Honda. Accident investigators with the Glendale Police Department report that impairment was ruled out as a factor contributing to the accident.
Erin Snyder, a popular math teacher at Cactus High School in Glendale, was paralyzed as a result of a car accident on March 18th. According to investigators with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Ms. Snyder was driving on Interstate 10 when her vehicle was hit from behind at a high rate of speed.
Accident investigators continue to work the scene at Cactus Road and 91st Avenue where a red truck driving west reportedly ran a red light at about 2:00 p.m. on Monday. In all, six vehicles traveling in three directions were involved.
Isaac Rosario of Tucson was killed Saturday afternoon when his vehicle was struck by a SUV that was out-of-control after striking two light poles and crossing the Grand Avenue median near Missouri Avenue. The driver of the SUV has been identified as 36 year old Steven Mendez of Scottsdale. He, too, died from injuries he received in the crash.
Shawn Sather was killed Tuesday night when his motorcycle was struck from behind by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The tragic incident occurred on the Loop 303.
Bobby Rodriguez died Thursday night after being hit by two vehicles as he attempted to cross 67th Avenue near Bethany Home Road. The first vehicle that struck Mr. Rodriguez fled the scene of the accident. A second vehicle struck the boy immediately after the first impact. The driver of the second vehicle remained at the scene.
Terry Lynn Deignan has been identified by Glendale Police accident investigators as the woman most seriously injured on Memorial Day when a Chevrolet Tahoe crashed into a group of people standing outside an Oregano’s Pizza restaurant. The driver of the SUV reportedly lost control of his vehicle as he attempted to park it. After striking the bystanders, the SUV crashed into the restaurant building.
Donte Caraway and an as yet unidentified five year old girl, were killed Sunday morning when the car in which they were riding was first struck head-on by a car that crossed the centerline of Bethany Home Road in the 8100 block. A third car, then, rear-ended the Caraway vehicle. Two other young girls who were riding in the Caraway car also were injured in the impacts, as were occupants of the other two vehicles.
Brandon Montemayor, age 24, died Wednesday after being struck by a vehicle as he was crossing a street at the intersection of Thunderbird Road and 57th Drive. Mr. Montemayor was in a crosswalk when he was hit.
Monica Soto was killed Sunday night when the car in which she was riding veered off Maryland Avenue, onto a curb, and into a park where it crashed into concrete barriers and rolled. Two other occupants of the car were transported to a hospital for treatment of their injuries.
Gary Allen Fisher died Saturday night from injuries he received when his motorcycle was rear-ended while he was moving through the intersection of Thunderbird Road and 75th Avenue. The driver of the offending vehicle fled the scene of the collision, but was apprehended by Peoria Police accident investigators who reportedly followed a fluid trail left on Thunderbird Road as a result of the collision.
Stryker Orthopaedics has agreed to pay at least $1.43 billion to settle lawsuits brought by patients who allege injuries from defective metal-on-metal hip devices. The global settlement resolves claims involving the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip implants manufactured by Stryker Orthopaedics.
Christine Gearhart was killed Thursday morning when her vehicle was struck by an alleged red light runner at the intersection of U.S. 60 (Grand Avenue) and 99th Avenue.
Eighteen people reportedly were injured this afternoon in a five-vehicle crash on Greenway Road near Parkview Lane. Three of those injured—two boys ages 6 and 16 and a 2 year old girl—were transported to Valley hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
Pete Rivas, age 62, was killed late on Saturday night, April 26th as he attempted to cross the street near 60th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Mr. Rivas, who was in an unmarked crosswalk, was struck by a white SUV, believed to be a 1996 through 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe.
Robert Serynek died from injuries he received Saturday night after his father witnessed the horrific accident in which he was involved near 111th Avenue and Peoria Avenue. Mr. Serynek was driving a golf cart when he was struck by a car driven by Eric Ray Aldava, age 26 of Surprise. Mr. Serynek’s father was driving behind the golf cart when it was hit.
Police are searching for a driver whose careless actions resulted in the death of Stephen Alford. According to Tracey Breeden of the Glendale Police Department, Mr. Alford was driving his motorcycle westbound on Peoria Avenue when a vehicle on 51st Avenue turned left in front of him. Mr. Alford took evasive action to avoid a collision, resulting in him crashing.
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