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Arizona Accident News in Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert
The Arizona Department of Public Safety received several calls just before 3:00 a.m. this morning reporting a wrong-way driver on the Loop 101 in the East Valley. It appeared the vehicle had entered the freeway from U.S. 60 and was southbound in the northbound lanes.
Beth Kumpe died of injuries she received when a pickup truck jumped a curb and struck her and her dog as they walked with Ms. Kumpe’s daughter on a sidewalk near Baseline and Gilbert Roads last Saturday. The driver fled the scene. Police located the vehicle about a half mile away and detained two people: Paul Flanigan of Sun Lakes, Arizona and his as-yet unidentified girlfriend.
DesRay Lara was killed on Thursday after being hit by a truck driven by an employee of Johnson Utilities. According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Marcigtan Winfrey Sr. of San Tan Valley turned himself in on Friday in connection with the deadly accident. He is being charged with leaving the scene of a fatal collision.
Gilbert Police and Fire Department emergency responders reported at least six people were transported to nearby hospitals Tuesday night following a major accident at the intersection of Greenfield and Elliot roads.
Yesterday, I wrote about a tragic five-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday night on eastbound Interstate 10 near Wild Horse Pass Casino. The victims in that deadly crash have now been identified as Lindsey Earl and her fiancé, Terry Dempsey.
A Chandler woman suspected of impaired driving caused an accident that involved five cars and left two people dead on Saturday night. Arizona Department of Public Safety accident investigators report that Lauren Tamburrelli was on I-10 near Wild Horse Pass when her car rear-ended an SUV, causing it to roll through a cable barrier and into oncoming traffic. The two occupants of the SUV died in the crash.
A serious car accident near Warner and Lindsay Roads injured seven people, one of them seriously. The crash occurred at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
An as-yet unidentified man died at the scene of an intersection crash early Friday morning. The man is believed to have been in his 30s.
Alan Ram and his passenger, Krista Buchanan, were killed when their small plane crashed on a golf course near the Falcon Field airport runway late Monday afternoon. Mr. Ram reported mechanical problems with the Lancair Evolution plane shortly before the crash. The Mesa Fire Department responded to the scene.
Two vehicles were involved in a rollover accident on US-60 at about 3:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Eastbound US-60 was closed between Val Vista Drive and Gilbert Road for several hours while Arizona Department of Public Safety accident investigators attempted to determine what caused the crash.
A witness to a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian followed the suspect to his home and then confronted him. Officers with the Gilbert Police Department report that Christopher Shane Jones struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk as he turned into his neighborhood near Warner and McQueen roads, then reportedly left the scene.
Elijah Turnbo died as a result of injuries he received when he was struck by a car while crossing a street in Mesa on Thursday night.
An unidentified pedestrian in Tempe was struck and killed by a car that swerved onto the sidewalk on Thursday night.
Linda Weiland died at a hospital as a result of injuries she received when the vehicle in which she was a front seat passenger was rear-ended on June 4th. The collision occurred on Broadway Road near Sossaman Road in Mesa.
Jenna Taylor was out for an early-morning bicycle ride with a friend on Wednesday when she was struck and killed by a commercial tanker truck.
Six people were injured Tuesday night around 7:00 p.m. when three passenger vehicles collided on Kyrene Road at Del Rio Street in Chandler.
An expectant mother and her two young children were hospitalized with serious injuries when their car was broadsided by a truck on Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley.
Judy Kurtz died as a result of injuries she received Saturday at the hands of a hit-and-run driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol..
Carrie Brown was killed and Shari Irion was seriously injured as they crossed Elliot Road in a crosswalk early Thursday morning. The close friends had gone for an early morning jog and were headed east on Val Vista Drive when they were struck by a pickup truck.
Jennifer Lee Kurkoski was killed when her car was struck by a man escaping capture by police who was driving the wrong way on US-60. On Monday night, the Globe Police Department was called to the Gila County Fairgrounds to investigate a reported domestic assault. When they arrived, they were told that Jaeden Matthew Spurgeon had reportedly assaulted his girlfriend then drove away in her car.
Jerzy Adamsyzk died from injuries he received when the school bus he was driving crashed through a fence near Bella Vista and Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley. Mr. Adamsyzk, a driver for Poston Butte High School, and an assistant were the only people on the bus at the time of the accident Tuesday afternoon.
The westbound lanes of Loop 202 near Loop 101 were closed early Sunday morning after a SUV collided with a total of four vehicles. The chain of events started when a westbound SUV rear-ended three vehicles near Center Parkway. The driver, identified as Jahine Gregg, age 19, fled the scene by reversing eastbound and heading directly into traffic, eventually colliding head-on with a vehicle in the HOV lane near McClintock.
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.
A woman visiting from Kentucky was carjacked while her husband went into a convenience store to purchase beverages. Her husband left their car running while he stepped inside the store near University Drive and Dobson Road. A man reportedly identified as Frederick Calvin, age 24, jumped into the running vehicle and sped away with the woman still in the vehicle.
Two motorcycles collided with a van on Saturday afternoon in the southeast Valley between the cities of Mesa and Apache Junction. The accident occurred near Signal Butte Road and Apache Trail as the van crossed Main Street.
Steven Slager was killed early Saturday evening in a motorcycle accident near the intersection of Power and Guadalupe in Gilbert. According to investigators with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred when a vehicle turned left in front of Mr. Slager's motorcycle.
A rollover accident in Tempe has claimed the life of an as-yet-unidentified woman early Monday morning. Accident investigators with the Arizona Department of Public Safety report that an SUV struck a pickup truck in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 60 near McClintock Drive. The SUV hit a concrete wall before rolling into two lanes of traffic.
On Wednesday, I wrote about a hit-and-run accident that left a seven-year-old boy fighting for his life. Unfortunately, that boy, identified as Carter Wojahn-Curry, died from his injuries earlier today.
Carter Wojahn-Curry, age 7, is fighting for his life as a result of a hit-and-run crash near 56th Street and Broadway Road that occurred early this morning.
Julissa Garcia died on Wednesday as a result of injuries she received in an ATV accident. Julissa was a freshman guard on the Superior High School basketball team.
Eric Gilbert was killed while riding his bicycle yesterday evening near University and 105th Place in Mesa.
Two people were ejected from a car that crashed on Loop 202 at Arizona Avenue on November 13th. Jessie Bennett, one of the passengers who was ejected, died after lingering in a coma for five days.
Seven vehicles were involved in an accident which sent two people to a trauma center and injured eight others on Tuesday evening. DPS investigators believe that a pickup truck drove on the left shoulder of the freeway at a high rate of speed to pass other vehicles before striking a barrier wall, triggering the crash.
Pamela Hesselbacher was struck and killed by an unlicensed driver as she led her two small children across the street Saturday evening. William Epperlein was arrested and released after the vehicle he was driving allegedly ran a red light and plowed into the family, killing Ms. Hesselbacher and leaving both children in critical condition.
Francois Elysee of Mesa, Arizona died Sunday at the scene of the crash of his tractor-trailer on Interstate 57 in Williamson County, Illinois. A passenger in the big rig, Christopher Talbert was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. He died on Monday.
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.
Two bicyclists were transported to a hospital early Saturday morning when they were struck by a driver who apparently was momentarily distracted. The cyclists were riding north on Arizona Avenue near Ryan Road when they were struck by someone driving a Toyota Scion, according to police accident investigators.
Ten people were injured when three vehicles collided Sunday afternoon near Arizona Avenue and Warner Road. According to a spokesperson for the Chandler Fire Department, one young girl is hospitalized in critical condition after she was ejected from the car in which she was a passenger.
A wrong-way driver on U.S. 60 sent three people to the hospital Wednesday night after making a u-turn on the freeway. DPS received several 911 calls just before 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night reporting an elderly woman driving a silver Nissan Xterra had made a u-turn on U.S. 60 near Power Road. Her vehicle was headed east in the westbound lanes. She side-swiped a gray Toyota Prius, then slammed almost head-on into a black Chevy Malibu. Meanwhile, the Prius continued moving and was struck by a white Chevy Silverado.
An accident claimed the life of a motorcyclist during the Thursday afternoon rush hour on U.S. 60 near the Mill Avenue exit. Phillip Grant of Chandler was riding his motorcycle in the HOV lane when he collided with another vehicle. This first impact sent Mr. Grant into a second vehicle in the adjacent lane. A Tempe Fire Department spokesman said Mr. Grant laid his bike down before being thrown into traffic where he was struck.
Neeley Struck was injured when his 2004 Saturn dedan collided with a 2004 Nissan Armada on Monday morning at the intersection of Arizona Boulevard and Walton Avenue, according to Coolidge police officer David Gross.
Calvin Ray Sapp was hit and killed early Tuesday morning as he rode his bicycle on Higley Road near Chandler Heights in Gilbert. The driver who hit him fled the scene, but police have detained a suspect.
Steven Hogen, the Athletic Director for the Mesa Public Schools, was seriously injured in a hit-and-run collision that occurred on Saturday. According to Detective Steve Berry of the Mesa Police Department, Dr. Hogen was riding his bicycle near Gary Street and Lindsay Road when an unidentified driver crashed into him. Dr. Hogen was rushed to the hospital where doctors diagnosed him with a broken neck. he likely will require several surgeries.
A small plane crashed on takeoff near Falcon Field in Mesa on Tuesday, claiming the lives of pilot Jesse R. Goodwin, age 43 of Gilbert, and Ataberk Besler, age 18. Mr. Goodwin was a commercial pilot with American Airlines. Mr. Besler was a foreign exchange student from Canakkale, Turkey in the AFS-USA program at Washington High School.
Steven Richardson was intentionally run down after intervening in a domestic assault at the Fry's Food store at Riggs and McQueen on Thursday evening. Mr. Richardson, who is a vertain, sustained serious injuries in the attack.
Officers with the Gilbert Police Department arrested Yongela Nelvik Ward in connection with the crash that killed Erik Alsaker. Police had been looking for a suspect in the fatal hit-and-run collision since Monday.
Erik Alsaker was killed yesterday evening as he was riding his bicycle near the intersection of Queen Creek Road and Ranch House Parkway. The driver who struck Mr. Alsaker fled the scene and remains unidentified.
Yolanda King died as the result of an accident on county property near Apache Trail and Hawes Road early Saturday morning. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office accident investigators report that her body was found shortly after 4:30 a.m.
Ralph Lowell Dybing died Tuesday when his Astro van was struck by a Mesa police vehicle. Mr. Dybing was turning west onto Apache Trail from 80th Street when he pulled in front of the police cruiser at about 7:15 a.m. He was ejected from his vehicle. Officer Helen Simmons, a 23-year veteran, had to be extricated from her patrol car before being transported to a hospital for treatment of her non-life-threatening injuries.
Dr. Cynthia Goralnik, age 61, died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on the US-60 at Stapley Drive.
Estella Bowen died when the white mini cooper in which she was a passenger was struck by a suspected drunk red-light runner. The accident occurred on November 29th at the intersection of Dobson and Queen Creek Roads. Court records show that Jonathan Miller was driving on a revoked or suspended license when his GMC pick-up truck ran a red light. He reportedly has been on probation since March of this year, when he was convicted of a previous DUI.
A tragic accident has claimed the lives of four Valley family members when their car was hit head-on by an apparent drunk driver. Janice Mertens of Albuquerque, New Mexico and her brother, Steven Hooper of Circle, Montana, died along with their parents Frank Hooper and Ella Conrad Hooper, both of Sun Lakes.
Maria Santos was killed Saturday evening when her vehicle was clipped by another vehicle, forcing Ms. Santos’ vehicle into oncoming traffic. Four children who were passengers in Ms. Santos’ vehicle were injured and transported to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
Bethany Ann Greenwall of Globe, was killed early Saturday morning when the vehicle in which she was riding rolled on Ice House Canyon Road. Ms. Greenwall was ejected from the vehicle, in which three other passengers were injured.
Myron Posivak of Gilbert, Arizona, died Saturday as a result of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning while he was aboard a ChrisCraft boat on Grand Lake near this small Oklahoma town. Laura Brady, also a resident of Gilbert, was sickened by the fumes. She was treated for her injuries and released. Three other adults and a child also were treated and released.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office has arrested a couple in the hit-and-run collision that resulted in the death of Cullen Connely, age 17. According to police, Cullen was a passenger in a Chrysler van that was stopped near the east entrance of Wal-Mart on Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley. A Chevrolet Tahoe rear-ended the van and then fled the scene. Cullen, who was disabled, was in the backseat of the van and was critically injured in the collision. He was transported to a Phoenix hospital where he died from his injuries.
An intersection collision early Friday morning in Gilbert has claimed the life of Jasmine Rios, age 18, of Texas. According to accident investigators with the Gilbert Police Department, Harrison Smith, age 18, was driving northbound on Val Vista and collided with a vehicle driving westbound on Elliott. Ms. Rios, who was a passenger in the vehicle driving westbound on Elliott, died from injuries sustained in the collision. Her 17 year old cousin, who has not been identified, sustained injuries but her condition has not been released.
Clara Bergen, age 7, was killed and Kayla Eherlico, age 14, was seriously injured when a rope swing next to a backyard swimming pool broke and knocked both girls into the pool. The swing reportedly was built of heavy wood material and appeared to be rotting at the base.
Mark Samsal and Aimee Hunter, both 41, were killed Saturday night in a single-vehicle accident near Power Road and Queen Creek Road in Gilbert.
Michael Orticelli was struck Monday by a SUV that turned into the path of his motorcycle. The impact caused Mr. Orticelli to, then, collide with a second vehicle—a pickup truck. Unfortunately, Mr. Orticelli died of his injuries.
Rahea Herman of San Tan Valley was killed in a rollover crash on February 24th. The tragic incident occurred on the westbound U.S. 60 near Greenfield Road. It was set in motion when two vehicles sideswiped each other, causing Ms. Herman to lose control of her car and collide with a concrete freeway wall.
Francis Johnson was killed Wednesday night when she was struck by a vehicle as she walked in a bike lane on Dobson Road near Ocotillo. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene.
Kathleen Mae Searcy was killed on December 27th when her vehicle was struck by another vehicle driven by 30 year old Erica Kristine Flynn, a teacher at Frye Elementary School in Chandler.
Josiah Abbott, age 15, and Morgan Martin, age 14, both of Maricopa, were killed Thursday night when a truck in which they were passengers hit a curb and rolled. The driver of the truck, 23 year old William Gay, was significantly injured in the accident.
Justin Tharp was killed early Wednesday morning when his vehicle was struck by a SUV that reportedly ran a red light. The driver of the SUV, Dakota Fernandez, also died from injuries he received when his vehicle struck a traffic pole following the collision between the two cars.
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.
Marcus Reid was killed Wednesday evening when the driver of a van turned left into the path of Mr. Reid’s motorcycle. The accident occurred near Southern and 23th Street, as Mr. Reid was driving home from work on his motorcycle.
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