Arizona Motorcycle Accident News
Cathy Coppes was killed when a suspected impaired driver crossed the centerline and collided head-on with her motorcycle. The accident occurred on Sunday around 10:30 a.m. on U.S. 89 about 20 miles north of Flagstaff.
Douglas St. Sauver was killed Wednesday night when his motorcycle collided with a car at 51st Avenue and Roosevelt. A small, four-door car driven by an unidentified 24-year-old woman turned left into the motorcycle’s path.
A head-on collision on SR-92 near Sierra Vista last Friday claimed the life of David Phillips. Mr. Phillips was operating his motorcycle southbound on SR-92 when a minivan driven by Branden Puffer crossed his path while making a left turn onto Saint Andrews Drive.
Kristopher Koch was killed in Thursday after his motorcycle collided with an SUV in Scottsdale. According to investigators with the Scottsdale Police Department, Mr. Koch was operating his motorcycle westbound on McDowell Road and crossing 64th Street when the SUV turned left in front of him.
Linda Gonzales remains hospitalized in intensive care following a bizarre accident while riding a motorcycle driven by her fiancé, Ron Bondy. The couple was enjoying an afternoon ride near their home in the vicinity of Pantano and Irvington Roads on February 7th when the accident occurred. Near their destination, Mr. Bondy reached forward to activate a switch on the motorcycle, just as their motorcycle ran into a flat-braid rope suspended over the roadway. Ms. Gonzales took the full brunt of the force of the collision. Accident investigators reported the rope was tied to a tree on one side of the roadway and a mailbox on the other. They determined the couple was traveling at about 15 miles per hour.
Randy Zimmerman was killed when his motorcycle smashed into the side of an SUV on Thursday morning. The Tucson Police Department responded to the accident at Stone Avenue and Blackridge Drive.
Fabian Arvizu, age 26, and his sister, Victoria Arvizu, age 16, were killed when the motorcycle on which they were riding crashed near 143rd Avenue and Vineyard in Goodyear around 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening. Both were Phoenix residents.
Christian Nagel was killed after another driver turned left in front of his motorcycle, causing a serious head-on collision.
A motorcycle accident in Surprise on Tuesday afternoon has claimed the life of Tyler Deskins. According to accident investigators, the motorcycle operated by Mr. Deskins collided with two vehicles in the intersection of Bell Road and Sunrise Boulevard. Mr. Deskins was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Cory Mork has awakened from a month-long coma following an accident in early October that left him with broken bones in both legs, pelvis, hands, an elbow and a wrist. He was injured after a wrong-way driver crossed the center line and struck Mr. Mork’s motorcycle head-on.
A motorcycle accident on Loop 101 in North Scottsdale has claimed the life of Robert Demar. According to accident investigators with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Mr. Demar stopped his disabled bike on the left shoulder of northbound Loop 101 and activated the hazard lights. A pickup truck then ran onto the shoulder and struck Mr. Demar and his motorcycle.
Juanita Garcia died as the result of injuries she received Sunday night in an accident on South Nogales Highway. Ms. Garcia was the passenger on a motorcycle that collided with a truck.
Sabrina Gillis died when the motorcycle on which she was a passenger collided with a car on Thursday. The motorcycle was heading west on Union Hills Drive when a car turned left in front of it at 35th Avenue.
Celso Salinas-Mireles was killed Tuesday morning when a woman reportedly ran a red light and crashed into his motorcycle. The tragic accident occurred near 12th Street and Missouri. The crash was investigated by the Phoenix Police Department and the driver of the vehicle was cited for a red light violation and driving without a driver's license.
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.
Jacqueline Castillo was seriously injured when her motorcycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver early Sunday morning.
Luke Miller was killed on Monday night when he lost control of his motorcycle and slid across the westbound lane of SR-89 and into a guardrail on Cornville Road.
Michael Martel was killed late Friday in a collision involving three vehicles on SR-51 just south of Indian School Road in Phoenix.
Nancy Roberge was killed last Friday when a motorist failed to yield and turned in front of her motorcycle.
One motorcyclist has died and another remains hospitalized in serious condition after two motorcycles collided on SR-87 near Saguaro Lake on Saturday afternoon.
Oswaldo Lopez died of injuries he received when his motorcycle was struck by a car at the intersection of Campbell and the Benson Highway in Tucson on Thursday.
Jarhet Gutierrez was killed when she was thrown from a motorcycle Tuesday morning near 28th Street and Baseline Road in Phoenix.
The driver of a pickup truck crossed the center line of State Route 95 into oncoming traffic where her vehicle struck and killed a motorcyclist Saturday. The tragic accident occurred near Retail Way.
Jayme Salazar, a well-known businessman in Prescott, was killed on Friday when his motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck on Iron Springs Road near Skull Valley.
A motorcycle accident near Benson has claimed the lives of Andrew Tomko Franklin and Toya Marlene Franklin.
Michael Maffei of Fountain Hills was killed after his motorcycle collided with a vehicle on Loop 101 near Broadway Road in Tempe.
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 motorcyclist was struck by a SUV that was turning left near Guadalupe and Rural roads in Tempe late Friday afternoon. According to Tempe Police Department accident investigators, the motorcyclie was northbound on Rural Road when the SUV turned left in front of him. The collision caused the SUV to roll.
Roger Gonzalez-McDaniel died Friday after his motorcycle struck a car making a turn onto Mission Road in the Silverlake area. Mr. Gonzalez-McDaniel was transported to a Tucson hospital where he passed away.
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 occured when a vehicle turned left in front of Mr. Slager's motorcycle.
Daniel Cox and Pearle Perl died Wednesday when their motorcycle was struck by a truck as they passed through the intersection at Golf Links Road and Wilmot in Tucson.
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.
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.
Brandon Wilson of Skull Valley was killed in a motorcycle accident early Friday afternoon near Iron Springs and Dosie Pit Roads outside Prescott.
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.
Paul Russell Seebeck of Bullhead City and Dale Martin Smith of Topock were killed in a motorcycle accident last Friday afternoon. Bullhead City police accident investigators determined that Mr. Seebeck was driving the motorcycle while Mr. Smith was his passenger.
Christopher Campbell was killed Saturday night when his motorcycle collided with a 2006 Saturn. Accident investigators determined that Mr. Campbell was eastbound on Pima in the inside lane between North Wilmot and North Craycroft roads. His motorcycle struck the passenger side of the Saturn as it turned left onto Sahuaro Road.
A violent domestic dispute turned deadly when a wife in a SUV pursued her husband at high speeds until he crashed his motorcycle into a lamp post, killing him instantly. Jennie Jones-Hurdlow and her husband, Brian E. Hurdlow, were embroiled in a domestic dispute that began Saturday evening. The argument continued through late Sunday morning as Brian left their house for a trip to the nearby convenience store. Jones-Hurdlow followed him in her SUV.
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.
John Whiteside of Cibola, Arizona died when his motorcycle collided with an SUV in Palm Desert on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Whiteside was southbound on Cook Street when his motorcycle collided with a Mercedes SUV that was turning left onto Frank Sinatra Drive.
A 60-year-old man suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident this afternoon near Willow Creek Road and College Heights in Prescott.
Manuel Alvarez was killed when he collided with another agent as they patrolled Arizona’s southern border last Friday morning. According to Border Patrol Chief Paul A. Beeson, Mr. Alvarez was a 13-year veteran of the Casa Grande Station of the Tucson Sector.
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.
Rodrigo Ortega Saldate died of injuries he received in a crash Wednesday morning around 6:00 a.m. Mr. Ortega Saldate was riding his three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder motorcycle westbound on Speedway Boulevard when an eastbound Ford Transit van turned left onto Main Avenue in front of him.
Michael Robert was killed Tuesday night just outside Marana when his motorcycle was struck by a truck towing a trailer. Mr. Robert was traveling southbound on Trico Road when a westbound truck driven by David Huntley ran through an intersection stop sign.
A motorcyclist and his passenger were both critically injured Saturday when their bike struck a vehicle head-on. Neither rider on the bike has, as yet, been identified by law enforcement accident investigators.
Tyler Woelfersheim was killed Thursday evening in Green Valley when his motorcycle was struck by a car making a left-hand turn. Pima County Sheriff’s Department accident investigators report that Mr. Woelfersheim was westbound on Continental at about 7:40 p.m. The driver of an eastbound car turned north onto Abrego Drive, into the path of Mr. Woelfersheim’s motorcycle.
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.
Juan Manuel Mosqueira died Tuesday morning when his motorcycle collided with a Peterbilt garbage truck. The accident occurred around 8:00 a.m. near Valencia and Country Club Roads. Bystanders rendered first aid until Tucson Fire Department paramedics arrived. In spite of their efforts, Mr. Mosqueira succumbed to his injuries.
Vincent Reid was killed Saturday morning when his motorcycle collided with a garbage truck near 40th Street and Baseline Road. A Phoenix Fire Department spokeswoman said Mr. Reid was pronounced dead at the scene. His four year old son was a passenger on the motorcycle when the accident occurred.
Ronald Luster Hicks was arrested in connection with a fatal crash that occurred on April 7th at Northern and 19th Avenue in Phoenix. One motorcycle rider was killed and another seriously injured in the tragic traffic incident. The injured rider required an amputation.
Derek Pyle, age 48 of Surprise, was killed Saturday afternoon when his motorcycle was rear-ended by a SUV driven by an unidentified 16-year-old unlicensed driver. The collision forced Mr. Pyle’s bike into another vehicle.
Karim Harrison died early Sunday morning as a result of injuries sustained in an accident on Interstate 17 in Phoenix. According to investigators with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Mr. Harrison was riding his motorcycle southbound on Interstate 17 and transitioning to eastbound Interstate 10 when he went off the roadway. Mr. Harrison entered the desert area off the freeway and was thrown from his motorcycle.
On July 30, 2015, I wrote about a tragic motorcycle accident that claimed the life of Shawn Sather. David Falco was on the Loop 303 when he collided with the motorcycle driven by Mr. Sather. Mr. Falco has pled guilty to reckless manslaughter and endangerment in Maricopa County Superior Court earlier this month. He will be sentenced on April 22, 2016.
Michael G. Salinel died when his motorcycle became pinned between two cars involved in a multiple vehicle crash on Saturday night.
Craig Ammerman of Tucson died when his motorcycle collided with a van Friday on Interstate 10 outside Deming. The cause of the accident is unclear, as both the motorcycle and the van were headed in the same direction.
Kristopher Bell was killed Tuesday evening when his motorcycle collided head-on with a pickup truck. Mr. Bell was eastbound on Grand Avenue at Coggins Drive when a pickup truck driven by Kathy Rae Grant reportedly failed to yield the right of way and turned in front of Mr. Bell's motorcycle, causing it to burst into flames.
Michael Navarro was hospitalized Sunday after his motorcycle crashed on State Route 83 near Elgin-Canelo. Mr. Navarro was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Susan Lingenfelter Collins was killed in the early evening hours on Saturday when the motorcycle on which she was a passenger drifted into the right lane of Andy Devine Avenue and collided with a Ford Explorer.
Robin Rawlings was killed Sunday evening when a car driven by 17 year old Alyssa Franks failed to yield from a private driveway and struck Ms. Rawlings’ motorcycle. The tragic incident occurred on Orange Grove Road near La Cañada.
Amy Hill died early Friday as a result of injuries she received on May 3rd when her motorcycle was struck from behind by Scott Woodington on Sahuarita Road. Ms. Hill was hospitalized at Northwest Medical Center where she had been treated for an array of serious injuries she received in the crash.
Destiny Smith of Glendale, Arizona was killed Tuesday afternoon when she was thrown from the back of a motorcycle driven by 44 year old Michael Weissman, also of Glendale.
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.
Meryl Austin was killed Sunday evening when a car driven by Stanley Bindell of Chino Valley turned in front of Mr. Austin’s bike on Highway 89 at the Watson Lake scenic overlook. Accident investigators report that the turn was unlawful, as a sign posted there forbids all turns.
Dr. Robert Arceci was killed Monday morning when the driver of a landscape truck turned in front of his motorcycle at Shea Boulevard and 69th Street. Dr. Arceci was on his way to work at Phoenix Children’s Hospital when the tragic accident occurred.
Robert Charles Looney was killed early this morning when his motorcycle struck a median and crashed near West Twin Peaks Road and Interstate 10. Mr. Looney’s wife, whose name has not yet been released by law enforcement accident investigators, was injured in the crash. She was transported to a local hospital with serious 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.
Mark Samsal and Aimee Hunter were killed Saturday night in a single-vehicle accident near Power Road and Queen Creek Road in Gilbert.
Richard Machado was killed Sunday afternoon when a truck pulled out in front of his motorcycle near the intersection of 1st Avenue and River Road.
Al Barela and Samantha Barela of Farmington, New Mexico, were killed on Saturday as they rode in a motorcycle charity event to benefit the Special Olympics. The couple was among an estimated 1,000 bikers who rode from Mesa to North Scottsdale for the event.
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.
Colin Newman sustained a broken leg and other injuries when a Volkswagen sedan turned into the path of Mr. Newman’s motorcycle Monday afternoon. The accident occurred on Fry Boulevard near Third Street.
John Hyatt was killed Wednesday when a car driven by a 22 year old woman turned left into the path of Mr. Hyatt’s motorcycle, causing him to first collide with it and then strike a nearby pickup truck. The tragic incident occurred in the 10900 block of East Fort Lowell Road on the northeast side of the metro area.
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