Personal Injury News
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.
Christopher Erickson and Hunter Votaw died at the scene of a tragic ATV crash Saturday morning near Jomax Road and 52nd Street in Phoenix.
Justin Lamon Clark was killed after being ejected from a Chevrolet sedan driven by Deanna Borboa when it collided with a pickup truck driven by Jason Malone.
Rachel Cawley was killed Tuesday night when her car was struck head-on by another sedan that was attempting to pass a pick-up truck on SR-59 near milepost 3. According to Utah Highway Patrol accident investigators, the first vehicle clipped the pick-up before colliding with Ms. Cawley’s car.
Emily Akins was killed on Saturday evening as she rode her bicycle near Kadota Avenue and Saguaro Street. The driver who hit her fled the scene but was later arrested by investigating officers.
Cassie Dockstader died in a single-vehicle rollover accident Thursday morning. Four people were transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center after being ejected from a 2002 Ford Ranger that rolled-over on CR-5 near Centennial Park.
Darryl Summers was riding his bicycle to work at 3:20 a.m. on April 2nd when he was struck and killed by a black GMC Sierra pickup truck. The incident occurred in the 6000 block of 27th Avenue. The truck driver then sped off.
Accident investigators report that Mr. Summers did everything right for night-time bike riding. He was wearing a helmet, reflective vest and lights.
Natasha Ponce was struck and seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver last week. The identity of that driver was revealed by two young boys. The young son of the hit-and-driver told Ms. Ponce's 11 year old son that his father had been the driver. This revelation occurred at the school both boys attended.
Shelly Donahue was struck by a car and killed while crossing a street in Phoenix. According to accident investigators with the Phoenix Police Department, Ms. Donahue was crossing the street near 75th Avenue and Baseline Road when she was hit by a vehicle traveling eastbound on Baseline Road.
Donald Walker was seriously injured in an accident Friday afternoon on Fortuna Road and 34th Place. Tragically, he later died at Yuma Regional Medical Center. Mr. Walker’s wife, Vickie Walker, was originally taken to YRMC with her husband, then later flown to a hospital in Phoenix with an occupant of the second vehicle involved, who has been identified as Brian Dale.
Simone Lake of Payson was airlifted to a hospital Tuesday night after her car was t-boned at the intersection of SR-87 and SR-188, south of Payson. According to Tonto Basin Fire Chief Steve Holt, Ms. Lake was traveling northbound on SR-87 when a 2002 Buick ran a stop sign at SR-188 and struck her SUV. The Buick had a California license plate and carried five occupants.
Jeffrey Pino and Nick Tramontano were killed when the single engine P-51D Mustang in which they were flying crashed about 15 miles south of Phoenix on Friday. Mr. Pino, the owner and pilot of the vintage aircraft, was the former president of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.
Joseph Morgan of Lake Havasu was killed early Tuesday morning when his pickup truck was t-boned by a speeding red light runner. Nicholas Hasson of Lake Havasu reportedly blew through the intersection of Palo Verde Boulevard and Acoma Boulevard, striking Mr. Morgan’s truck. The impact ejected Mr. Morgan from his truck, killing him immediately.
Yue Jiang, a 19 year old ASU exchange student from China, died as the result of injuries she received Saturday afternoon when her car was involved in a minor fender-bender which forced her car into oncoming traffic. Ms. Jiang was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Broadway Road and McClintock Drive when her car was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Holly Davis, age 32. No injuries resulted from this initial impact.
Blake Richards, a 10-year veteran state trooper with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, was struck while issuing a citation Thursday morning on westbound Interstate 10 at 43rd Avenue. Officer Richards was finishing the paperwork for a vehicle he had stopped when a maroon minivan reportedly drifted onto the road shoulder and struck the trooper and his motorcycle before hitting the back of the vehicle the trooper had stopped.
Sabrina Levi died from injuries she received in a head-on collision late last month. Noe Padilla Ahumada was driving his pick-up truck north on 51st Avenue near Olive Avenue when he reportedly crossed into the southbound lanes and collided head-on with Ms. Levi's sedan. Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles.
Richard Fyffe died Saturday evening when he was struck by a car while crossing the intersection at Hastings and Hidden Treasure ways.
Ronald Mazzola, Jr. of Salt Lake City Utah, died in a skydiving accident on New Year’s Eve in Eloy. According to one eyewitness, the jump went well until Mazzola’s parachute collapsed about 100 feet from the ground. In spite of the immediate life-saving efforts of bystanders, then later the Eloy Fire Department, Mr. Mazzola died at the scene. Mr. Mazzola had more than nine years experience with 800 jumps.
Three young Valley men were killed early Saturday morning when the vehicle in which they were riding was struck by a red-light-runner at 59th Avenue and Indian School Road. Jonathan Lawrence Green, Jose Luis Hernandez, and Jose Angel Martinez died at the scene of the accident.
Austin Allen was killed and three passengers in his car were injured Thursday night when a left-turning truck collided head-on with Mr. Allen’s vehicle at the intersection of Main Street and Dysart Road.
Mikinzie Cassandra Watts, age 25, died Monday night from injuries she received when a Kingman school bus ran a red traffic light and struck her car. The fatal accident occurred in the intersection of North Oatman Road and Bullhead Parkway.
Jose Perez was killed when the car in which he was a passenger crashed into a car dealership on Cave Creek Road late at night. The driver reportedly was traveling at a speed of more than 80 miles per hour when he lost control of his car. The driver has been identified by police accident investigators as 19 year old Salvador Diaz.
Elisabeth Barber joins five other Arizona residents who have filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona alleging injuries from cucumbers contaminated with Salmonella. The Salmonella outbreak is linked to cucumbers grown at Rancho Don Juanito in Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson, a food company based out of San Diego, California.
Steven Chase Roby of Kingman died Monday following an intersection crash in which he was a passenger in one of the vehicles. Mr. Roby’s driver, Tommy Lee Loader, reportedly crashed his car into a minivan driven by Pamela Branc Eicher. The tragic accident occurred Friday afternoon at John L. and Glen Avenues.
Emily Parks, a Coolidge High School student, died Thursday as a result of injuries she received last week in a vehicular accident at the intersection of Northern Avenue and Kenworthy. At the time of the tragic incident, Emily and three friends had just left high school cheerleading tryouts.
Heidi Johnson was killed Friday night when the pick-up truck in which she was a passenger overturned near Rancho El Dorado Parkway and Desert Green Drive. Ms. Johnson was partially ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
Julie Gustafson of Mesa, Arizona was injured Monday afternoon when her car was struck from behind on Interstate 15 in rural Idaho. The driver of the other car, 70 year old Susan Horwith of Idaho Falls, was killed as her vehicle rolled following the collision.
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