Personal Injury News
An alleged drunk driver collided head-on with a vehicle on Sunday night, killing one and sending three other people to the hospital. Phoenix Police Department accident investigators identified the deceased as Ramona Dewhurst. Ms. Dewhurst’s passenger remains hospitalized, as does the suspected drunk driver, whose passenger was treated for his injuries and released.
Nicholas Minard and Kaillie Plante were both killed on SR-87 when the driver of a lumber truck ran a red light and struck two passenger vehicles. Those two vehicles were propelled into two other vehicles. The tragic accident occurred at Shea Boulevard near Scottsdale.
An as-yet unidentified six-year-old boy was seriously injured in a t-bone crash at Avenue G and County 19th on Wednesday morning.
An unidentified 17-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run accident as she crossed a street at 78th Avenue and Osborn Road on Monday night. Lamar Ross Mays, age 36, has been arrested in connection with the crash.
Dustyn Carley was killed while riding his kick scooter when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a neighbor. The tragic accident occurred in the 2500 block of Georgia Avenue on Thursday afternoon.
A few days ago, I wrote about a houseboat accident on Lake Powell in which a generator exploded, killing one person and critically injuring four. The decedent has been identified as Kristen Meyer of Castle Rock, Colorado.
Rafael Rosa was driving an SUV southbound on SR-87 when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed over the median before entering the northbound lanes of rolling. Mr. Rosa was killed, as was Esmeralda Rojas who was ejected when the vehicle rolled.
A single-vehicle rollover accident on the Beeline Highway yesterday left two people dead and four others with serious injuries.
Four people were transported to a hospital on Tuesday after a car jumped the curb and struck several people who were waiting for a bus.
A woman was killed Saturday night in Tempe in a crash involving an impaired driver. Bryan Wolf reportedly had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.11 when he was arrested following the accident.
One person is dead and four others critically injured after a generator on a houseboat at Lake Powell exploded Wednesday night. The boat was anchored on shore near Crystal Springs.
Eight people were hospitalized following an accident involving a passenger car and a tour bus. The accident occurred on Friday, June 30th around 9:00 a.m. at the intersection of Bullhead Parkway and Laughlin View Drive.
A wrong-way driver sideswiped several cars as he drove north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 17 on Tuesday afternoon. Darroll Roberts ran over motorcyclist Cindy Lee Meade, killing her instantly. The wrong-way vehicle traveled for several hundred feet more until it stopped after striking a guardrail.
All drivers have found themselves behind trucks that have items moving around in the truck bed, or wobbling on large open trucks. Unsecured loads can turn into deadly accidents when items fall from vehicles transporting them.
Donna Howard died from injuries she received when a tire of the bus she was driving failed, causing the bus to roll onto its side and partially ejecting her from the bus. The bus was part of a convoy of drum and bugle corps teams competing in a series of musical performances across the west and midwest, which they named Drums Across the Desert.
The events started around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday when three girls approached a 24-year-old woman and demanded her purse and revealed what appeared to be a stun gun. After the woman complied, the three girls crossed the street to a park where they joined two young males.
An accident in Franklin County, Kansas late Thursday afternoon left one person from an Apache Junction family dead and two others injured.
Three men were ejected from a speedboat on Lake Havasu just before 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Mohave County Sheriff’s Waterways deputies estimate the 36-foot Skater powerboat was traveling at speeds near 100 miles per hour when it flipped as the operator reportedly made a sharp left turn near Havasu Palms. According to witnesses, the boat rolled at least once.
Speeding on a tireless rim in search of medical help for his passenger who was injured when his vehicle crashed, an intoxicated driver continued down Highway 17 until a second collision finally stopped him.
A chain reaction involving four vehicles on Illinois Route 4 near St. Jacob claimed the life of an Arizona man Thursday morning.
A boating accident on Lake Havasu has resulted in the deaths of two people from California on Saturday evening. Bruce Buchanan and Jennifer Renee Martin were boating with friends when their vessel tipped sharply, tossing everyone overboard.
Another wrong-way driver on a Valley freeway has claimed two lives, including his own, on Tuesday night. Young Lee was killed when his car was struck head-on by an unidentified wrong-way driver.
Jacqueline Castillo was seriously injured when her motorcycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver early Sunday morning.
Daniel Norman was killed over the weekend when the vehicle in which he was a passenger rolled over.
Marissa Timeche was killed in a single-car accident in the Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim around noon on Sunday. Ms. Timeche sustained fatal injuries when the vehicle in which she was a passenger struck several trees. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the accident is undetermined.
A collision between a sedan and an SUV claimed the life of a Valley man during this morning’s rush hour. The tragic accident occurred on 67th Avenue just north of Buckeye Road in Phoenix.
Sonia Burgos Salazar died early Tuesday when she was ejected from her pickup truck as it rolled.
Kenneth Field died on May 1 when his vehicle left the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned. Mr. Field, a substitute teacher at Kingman High School, was eastbound on SR-68 near milepost 21. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Karen Ramirez was killed in a violent accident at 35th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road in Phoenix when her vehicle was forced into a pole after colliding with another car on Tuesday night.
An as-yet unidentified female pedestrian was seriously injured when two cars collided at Bell Road and 19th Avenue in Phoenix early Tuesday afternoon.
Jason Karpowich was killed and his passenger, Mark Weaver was injured when their vehicle ran off the road at a turn at the top of a hill at Beaver Dam. Both men are from Littlefield, Arizona.
Robert D. Fox II, was killed as he rode his bicycle southbound on Highway 95 in Bullhead City on Friday.
Michael Martel was killed late Friday in a collision involving three vehicles on SR-51 just south of Indian School Road in Phoenix.
Tyler Turner was killed early Thursday in a wrong-way head-on collision on SR-77 near Pintail Lake Road in Show Low. Show Low Police Department accident investigators report that Tammy Dowdy, age 45, reportedly was traveling in the southbound lanes of SR 77 toward Show Low when she encountered Mr. Turner, who was going north in the southbound lanes.
Johnny Youngblood and Beverly Click-Chance were killed on Monday morning when they were struck by an SUV on I-17. According to investigators with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Mr. Youngblood was operating a motorcycle when he lost control for unknown reasons and went down. Three vehicles stopped at the scene and several bystanders had come to Mr. Youngblood's aid. During this time, a fourth vehicle driven by Brian Higbee approached the scene and struck Mr. Youngblood and multiple bystanders, including Ms. Click-Chance.
Jarhet Gutierrez was killed when she was thrown from a motorcycle Tuesday morning near 28th Street and Baseline Road in Phoenix.
Michael Maffei of Fountain Hills was killed after his motorcycle collided with a vehicle on Loop 101 near Broadway Road in Tempe. The driver of the car was transported to a local hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.
The body of Joshua Slade was recovered from Saguaro Lake around 1:30 a.m. on Monday. Mr. Slade had been missing since Saturday after his jet ski collided with a fishing boat.
Three people have died from injuries they sustained in an accident at 32nd Street and Paradise Lane late Thursday afternoon. Phoenix emergency fire and medical personnel extricated all four occupants of a sedan that collided head-on with a full-size truck. The truck driver sustained only minor injuries.
Rosa Gonzalez Sanchez was killed Sunday morning when the car in which she was a passenger was involved in a t-bone crash with another car while attempting a left turn.
A man has died after failing to stop at a stop sign and colliding with another vehicle early Tuesday morning at 67th Avenue and Vineyard Road. The unidentified man is estimated to have been in his thirties.
Two children were hospitalized in serious condition Friday night when the driver of the car carrying them lost control and struck a roadside pole. The accident occurred on eastbound Buckeye Road near 28th Avenue.
Deputies with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident shortly before 6:00 p.m. involving a Chevy pickup truck on Nellie Drive near Interstate 40. The driver, Chase Simington, suffered a broken shoulder and ribs. His passenger, Michael McGlothlin, sustained a collapsed lung, an orbital bone fracture and several lumbar fractures.
Five people were transported to area hospitals early Monday morning for treatment of injuries when a construction truck rolled over in the northbound lanes of Loop 101 in Scottsdale. The construction truck hit two other vehicles as it rolled.
A collision between two cars pushed one of them into a bus stop near Chandler Boulevard and 44th Street on Sunday afternoon. An official with the Phoenix Fire Department reported that two people were hospitalized in serious condition.
Three people were seriously injured and one person was killed when a car plunged off an overpass in downtown Phoenix on Friday afternoon. A brown Chrysler driven by an as-yet-unidentified 65-year-old man was southbound on the 23rd Avenue frontage road that runs parallel to Interstate 17. Where I-17 passes under Grant Street, the middle lane of the frontage road allows vehicles to either continue traveling straight or turn left.
Seven members of a Queen Creek family were on their way to Yuma to deliver loaves of bread for a fundraiser when the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to roll. The accident occurred Saturday on Interstate 8 just outside Yuma. According to DPS accident investigators, Amanda Faith Cook, age 8, had just unbuckled her seatbelt to pick up something on the floor of the car when the vehicle rolled and she was ejected.
Mark Dickson was struck and killed while riding his bicycle near 40th Street south of Bell Road in Phoenix on Sunday evening. Phoenix Police Department accident investigators report that the hit-and-run accident occurred in front of a fire station.
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An as-yet-unidentified woman who is five months pregnant was seriously injured when her SUV was struck by a pickup truck, causing her to be ejected from her vehicle. The accident occurred Monday morning at 71st Avenue and Broadway Road.
An unidentified pedestrian was killed Tuesday night on southbound Interstate 17 after two vehicles struck him near Dunlap Avenue. The accident occurred shortly after 9:00 p.m.
Sixty-five traffic stops resulted in 23 arrests and 114 citations issued on Valley streets Sunday night. It was a coordinated effort between the Phoenix Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety to crack down on street racers.
Sue Hotchkin of Prescott Valley was killed in a rollover accident near New River on Saturday. According to Arizona DPS investigators, Ms. Hotchkin was a passenger in an SUV that was traveling northbound on I-17 near New River when the driver lost controol of the vehicle and struck a guardrail. The impact with the guardrail caused the SUV to roll.
An accident on southbound SR-101 involving an SUV and a cement truck sent three people to Valley hospitals late Wednesday afternoon. Both vehicles rolled after crashing on SR-101 near Cactus Road in Scottsdale.
Cornelius Wouters was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car near Cave Creek Road and Union Hills Drive on Saturday afternoon. Debris from the accident caused a second motorcycle to crash, injuring an as-yet unidentified woman. She was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
Sharon McCoy of Kingman was killed Tuesday afternoon when a flatbed pickup truck turned in front of her car on U.S. Highway 89 in Kanab, Utah. The driver of the truck turned into the path of Ms. McCoy's vehicle when he attempted to turn left into a driveway. Ms. McCoy was unable to stop, causing her to collide head-on with the truck. She died at the scene of the crash.
Elizabeth Rauch was killed in a single-vehicle accident Sunday evening on SR-72 just two miles east of the SR-95 junction.
A woman—as yet unidentified by accident investigators—is in critical condition after having been struck by a snowplow near the Museum Club, near Route 66 and Fourth Street in Flagstaff.
Joseph Martorelli was killed Friday night when a pickup truck turned left in front of his motorcycle at Union Hills and 51st Avenue in Phoenix.
Three people were seriously injured in a two-car accident on eastbound Interstate 10, just west of Mesa Road in Blythe. The crash closed I-10 just after 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Accident investigators would not speculate as to the cause of the collision which left one of the vehicles overturned.
A wrong-way driver on I-10 crashed head-on into a pickup truck, resulting in two deaths and two serious injuries. According to investigators with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Jeremiah Trotter was driving an SUV and traveling in the wrong direction on the westbound I-10 transition ramp in Ahwatukee when he collided head-on with a truck.
A family dinner gathering turned tragic Tuesday afternoon when one-year-old Xavier Hernandez slipped out the front door unnoticed and crossed over to the neighbor’s driveway just as the neighbor was backing out. According to the boy’s aunt, the adults were cooking while several children played. They did not know how the one year old slipped out the door undetected.
A chain reaction of three accidents included at least twenty vehicles and left one person dead on the Loop 101 between Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Cactus Road in Scottsdale. DPS reports that the first collision occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, with the two subsequent crashes following within minutes.
Seth Mugerditchian was killed Thursday morning when his car was struck by a pickup truck on Southern Avenue near 46th Street. The driver of the truck, as yet unidentified by accident investigators, reportedly swerved to avoid hitting a dog in the street, and struck Mr. Mugerditchian’s car. The pickup driver was seriously injured and transported to a hospital.
Three people died in a head-on collision Saturday on Highway 95 near Lake Havasu City. Marlene Shand and Rebekah Morden, both of Fort Mohave, Arizona, died when the SUV in which they were riding was struck head-on and burst into flames.
A tour bus carrying 44 passengers on a return trip from Red Earth Casino in Thermal, California slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer just outside Palm Springs early Sunday morning. The bus driver was among 13 people who died in the tragic accident. The truck driver and 30 others sustained less serious injuries.
A semi-truck hauling cattle on southbound Interstate 17 failed to avoid slower traffic, resulting in rear-end or side-swipe collisions with as many as 24 passenger vehicles. The accident occurred shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday just north of Black Canyon City.
People celebrating the annual La Raza motorcycle rally at Chicano Park in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood were terrified when a pickup truck sailed off an elevated freeway and landed on top of a vendor’s booth, killing four people and injuring eight or nine others.
Three young men died in what appears to be a street-racing accident on Central Avenue and Butler Drive in north Phoenix early Monday morning. Accident investigators reportedly determined that speed was a significant factor in the horrific 4:00 a.m. crash.
Aja Calhoun, a special education teacher at Western Valley Elementary School, was killed in a tragic car accident on September 24th. Ms. Calhoun and a friend were driving on State Route 95 just outside Parker, Arizona, when another vehicle attempted to pass their car illegally. Ms. Calhoun swerved to avoid a collision, but crashed head-on into a semi-truck.
Nuvia Villalobos was killed Monday morning when the Jeep in which she was riding collided with an empty school bus. Another occupant of the Jeep, a 16-year-old male, was critically injured and transported to a local trauma center. The bus driver was not injured.
Six-year old Tyrik Jenkins died from injuries he received after being thrown from the bed of a pick-up truck involved in a collision. The accident occurred Sunday morning at 40th Street and Broadway. Fire crews from Tempe and Phoenix responded.
Steven Variale was struck and killed Monday night on Interstate 17 while changing a flat tire on his vehicle. He had pulled his Audi sedan onto the right shoulder of I-17 near 7th Street shortly before midnight.
An 18-month-old girl is in extremely critical condition in a Phoenix hospital after the boat in which she was a passenger capsized Saturday afternoon. According to Mohave County Sheriff accident investigators, the boat encountered rough waters and high winds just before it capsized north of Pittsburgh Point on Lake Havasu.
A man driving south on 35th Avenue was killed while making a left turn onto Bell Road Monday afternoon. He was struck by another vehicle in the intersection. The driver of the second car was not injured and remained at the scene. The intersection was closed in all directions.
A bicyclist was killed this morning after colliding with a cement truck on 24th Street near the underpass at Loop 202. Police have released very little information about the accident, stating only that the driver of the cement truck remained on scene and they continue to investigate the circumstances of the collision.
Four vehicles were involved in an accident Thursday afternoon on the Bell Road overpass of State Route 51. Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Mark Vanacore reports that the drivers of two of the cars were transported to a nearby hospital in serious condition. The other two drivers were not injured.
Darrell James of Flagstaff was killed Monday night as he walked across State Route 66. The Flagstaff Police Department was notified of an injury accident near the intersection of SR-66 and South Woodlands Village Blvd. shortly before 7:00 p.m.
Javier Gonzalez was struck and killed by a passing motorist as he worked on his disabled vehicle along Interstate 17 on Monday morning. The accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. on northbound I-17 near Thomas Road.
Joseph Brinkman of Phoenix was killed in a rollover accident in Overgaard over the Labor Day weekend. Navajo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call where they found the teen unresponsive.
An early morning accident on the westbound Loop 202 at 32nd Street left one person dead and closed the freeway for three hours Friday morning. According to Arizona Department of Public Safety Capt. Damon Cecil, the tragic chain of events started when a vehicle sped through a construction zone and collided with a SUV. A passenger in the SUV was ejected and killed as the vehicle rolled.
Leander Frank, a Navajo Nation officer, was killed Tuesday in a head-on collision on SR-64 between Chinle and Tsaile, Arizona. DPS accident investigators report that Officer Frank was dispatched to a call in Tsaile in Apache County. While Officer Frank was answering the call, another vehicle approached his patrol car head-on. Both vehicles took evasive action but were unable to avoid a collision.
A three-year-old girl is hospitalized in a medically-induced coma after she was struck by a Phoenix police vehicle while crossing the street in front of her house. She had just bought an ice cream treat from a vending truck and was returning home. The tragic incident happened one week ago near Camelback Road and 57th Avenue.
Susan Bartholomew of Litchfield Park, Arizona was killed in an accident Monday afternoon when a dust storm on I-10 near the California border reduced visibility to zero. Arizona DPS accident investigators report that Ms. Bartholomew’s vehicle was crushed between two commercial tractor-trailer rigs. She died at the scene.
Several area agencies responded to a 911 call shortly before 5:00 P.M. Saturday after a vehicle left the roadway and tumbled down a steep embankment about six miles up Mount Elden Lookout Road.
Data from the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety show that from 2011 to 2014, there were 200,000 crashes involving debris on America’s roads. 39,000 people were injured and more than 500 people were killed. That is a 40% increase since 2001, according to AAA.
Christopher Canavett was killed Sunday evening when his car crossed over the centerline and collided head-on with another vehicle. Mr. Canavett was driving southbound on SR-347 when, for unknown reasons, his vehicle drifted into northbound traffic, where it side-swiped one vehicle before colliding head-on with a third. A fourth vehicle rear-ended the third.
Osbaldo Martinez was killed August 4th in a horrific accident when his 2000 Volkswagen Jetta was t-boned by another driver traveling at more than 100 miles per hour. Victor Cepeda, age 19, is charged with manslaughter after his 2016 Dodge Ram pickup truck collided with Mr. Martinez’s car in the intersection at 51st Avenue and Osborn Road.
A violent rear-end collision Sunday evening has claimed the life of a young woman and sent a man to the hospital with serious injuries. .
The victim of a boating accident on the Colorado River in Arizona two weeks ago has been identified as Guadalupe Granados, age 13 of San Bernardino, California. Guadalupe was vacationing with her family along the Colorado River the weekend prior to the Fourth of July Holiday. We first wrote about this tragic incident on June 26th.
Megan Nicholson, a 25 year old mother of three from Yuma, was killed Tuesday in a rollover accident on SR-62 about 10 miles west of Parker, Arizona. The eastbound 2003 Ford Explorer in which she was a passenger moved onto the right shoulder of the highway in order to avoid colliding with an oncoming vehicle. The truck’s 31-year-old male driver overcorrected, sending the truck into westbound traffic before rolling over. Ms. Nicholson was partially ejected, according to the San Bernardino County Coroner’s report.
A hit-and-run accident claimed the life of a pedestrian as he crossed Highway 93 shortly before 8:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July. Arizona Department of Public Safety accident investigators report that David McWilliam died after being struck by a vehicle driven by David Antista, who then fled the scene. Antista was later apprehended and is being held at the Mohave County Jail on charges of manslaughter.
Separate accidents involving three semi-tractor trailers killed two people over the weekend and injured several others.
An as yet unidentified 13 year old girl was killed in a boating accident on the Colorado River shortly after noon Saturday. Kevin Morgan, age 42 of Long Beach, California, was arrested and charged with operating a watercraft while intoxicated. The accident occurred near Davis Camp South Beach when the 20-foot ski boat he was piloting smashed into a personal watercraft carrying three people.
A Scottsdale family suffered a tragic loss Friday afternoon when the vehicle in which they were riding left the roadway and rolled. Dead at the scene were the driver, Maher Rayyan, and Maha Rayyan. The two other passengers, Isa Rayyan and Zarifeh Rayyan, were transported to Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear with serious injuries.
Danielle Fletcher of Haleiwa, Hawaii and Sabrina Jensen of Huntington Beach, California were killed by a wrong-way driver last Friday. Ms. Fletcher was the driver and Ms. Jensen the front seat passenger when a vehicle driven by Daniel Porter crossed the centerline of Interstate 10 at milepost 94 and struck their vehicle head-on. The back seat passenger was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Rita Etzl of Phoenix was killed Wednesday when a dump truck heading in the opposite direction hydroplaned, crossed the centerline, then collided head-on with the Honda SUV in which Ms. Etzl was traveling. The tragic incident occurred on rain-soaked SR-62 near Georgetown, Indiana.
Jarvis Crenshaw died a day after he was struck by a passenger vehicle while working on a section of the East Loop 101 in Scottsdale. Shortly before 3:00 a.m. Monday, crew members from a construction company were removing barricades to reopen the southbound lanes of Loop 101 near 90th Street. Mr. Crenshaw was hit by a black Chrysler.
In another accident, tow-truck driver Danny Haro was killed on June 3, 2016 as he attended to a stalled vehicle on Interstate 10 near Benson. Mr. Haro was struck around 2:30 a.m. by a white box truck. The driver then fled the scene. Authorities continue in their efforts to locate the driver.
Jesse Entzminger died when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a fast food restaurant. The accident occurred around 11:00 p.m. Saturday at the Whataburger restaurant near 32nd Street and Bell Road.
Dr. David E. Bealer of Yuma died of injuries he received in a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver on Interstate 8 while on his way to work Tuesday morning. Dr. Bealer was the superintendent of the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District since May 2011.
Dorothy Paul died when she drove in the wrong direction on Interstate 8 and struck another vehicle head-on. The incident occurred Tuesday morning on I-8 between the 16th Street and Giss Parkway on-ramps.
Jonathan Guardad was killed in an accident that may have resulted from street racing near 47th Avenue and Thomas Road on Sunday morning. Phoenix Police accident investigators report that a 23 year old man lost control of his Chevrolet Camaro and spun into oncoming traffic. Witnesses report that the Camaro was racing with another vehicle immediately preceding the incident.
A fiery crash at the intersection of 59th Avenue and Thomas Road left one person dead and traffic snarled for more than ten hours early Thursday morning. Accident investigators speculate that a tow truck heading north on 59th Avenue ran a red light, striking a Mitsubishi SUV and setting off a chain reaction involving 6 vehicles. The Mitsubishi exploded and burst into flames. Intense heat from the fire prevented witnesses from rendering aid to the driver. The driver died at the scene.
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