Phoenix Personal Injury and Car Accident News
Three people were killed last week when an SUV jumped the curb and struck two couples on the sidewalk near the landmark fountain in Fountain Hills. One couple, Ronald and Patti Lou Doornbos, both age 60, was from Calgary, Canada. The other couple, Robert Bonta, age 72, and his wife, Karen Bonta, was from Iowa. The two couples did not know one another.
George Hatch was killed on Friday as he attempted to cross 19th Avenue near Sunnydale Avenue. According to the Phoenix Police Department, Mr. Hatch was in a wheelchair and attempting to cross the street when he was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Elaine Herzberg has been identified by the Tempe Police Department as the victim in the crash that occurred last night involving an Uber self-driving vehicle. According to the Tempe Police Department, the Uber vehicle was headed northbound on Mill Avenue near Curry Road when it struck Ms. Herzberg. Although initial reports describe Ms. Herzberg as a pedestrian walking across the street, photographs from the scene include a damaged bicycle laying near the point of impact.
An unidentified woman died overnight after she was struck by a self-driving vehicle. According to the Tempe Police Department, the Uber was in autonomous mode when it hit the woman who was crossing Mill Avenue near Curry Road.
A third person has died from injuries received in an accident when an SUV jumped a curb in Fountain Hills and struck four pedestrians on Tuesday morning. Two men and two women, believed to be in their 50s and 60s, were standing on the corner of Palisades and Saguaro Boulevards when the tragic accident occurred.
An unidentified 63-year-old man was flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas with serious head injuries after the Hummer H3 he was driving was sandwiched between other vehicles in an accident on Tuesday afternoon.
An accident in Fountain Hills this morning left two people dead and two severely injured. An SUV struck four pedestrians near Saguaro and Palisades Boulevards. According to Rural Metro Fire Department, two people were pronounced dead at the scene. The other two were transported to a local hospital.
A former student at Northern Arizona University died of injuries he received when he was struck by a car while walking home on Saturday night. Christopher Larson was walking to his house after leaving a downtown Flagstaff business establishment.
Two vans collided outside Dolan Springs last Thursday, leaving two tourists from China dead and four others with serious or life-threatening injuries.
Makinzie Johnson died in an accident at a Motel 6 near Interstate 17 in north Phoenix on Friday night. The young girl left her motel room and was struck by the rear side of a tour bus that was moving through the hotel parking lot. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
A woman accidentally drove her SUV onto a sidewalk where she struck two men on Tuesday afternoon. The midsize SUV was in the parking lot of the Safeway store at Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard when it drove onto the sidewalk in front of the store.
Last week I wrote about the crash of a sight-seeing helicopter over the Grand Canyon in which three people died. Unfortunately, a fourth person has died of injuries he received in that accident. Jonathan Neil Udall succumbed to his injuries Tuesday. The three surviving occupants of the plane remain in critical condition at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
Noah Perry, age 3, has been identified as the young boy killed in a car accident on Monday night. According to accident investigators with the Phoenix Police Department, Noah was a passenger in an SUV that collided with another vehicle.
Four people were injured in an accident involving a semi-truck and two pickup trucks on Sunday night in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 93. One person was flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas. No information on that person’s condition is available. Three others were transported by ambulance to Kingman Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. They were released shortly thereafter.
Santiago Maya Cruz died of injuries he sustained when the taxi he was driving was struck by another car and rolled last Tuesday. Blaze Franklin was driving east on Thomas Road shortly before midnight when he turned left onto 57th Avenue in front of the taxi Mr. Cruz was driving. The impact caused the taxi to roll onto its roof.
All sight-seeing flights over the Grand Canyon were grounded Saturday following the crash of a helicopter carrying six tourists from England, three of whom were killed. The helicopter crashed and burst into flames Saturday at about 5:30 p.m. The helicopter was an Airbus EC130 operated by Papillon Airways.
Josephine Saldana has been identified as one of the two victims who died in a car accident at the intersection of 67th Avenue and Thomas Road on Wednesday morning.
Accident investigators with the Phoenix Police Department have not released the names of two women who were struck by a car early Tuesday evening. The accident occurred near 37th Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix.
Patricia Moore was killed Wednesday night when she was struck by a vehicle as she was crossing the street near Broadway Road and 20th Street. Phoenix Fire Department responders pronounced Ms. Moore dead at the scene of the accident.
Two children were air evac'd to a hospital following a head-on collision in Gila Bend on Tuesday evening. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office accident investigators report that a driver who attempted to pass a semi-truck on a dirt road collided head-on with a vehicle traveling in the opposite lane of traffic.
Daisy Pacheco was killed and thre others were seriously injured in a car accident on Sunday evening in west Phoenix.
The bodies of Patrick Gonzalez, and his 14-year-old son were found inside their truck which was submerged in a canal in a far southwestern part of the valley. Agriculture workers discovered the capsized pickup near Agua Caliente Road and Old U.S. 80 in Arlington, which is just west of Buckeye and about 40 miles west of Phoenix.
Four people were killed a result of a head-on accident on SR-64 last Friday. The deadly crash occurred between Grand Canyon and Williams. According to DPS accident investigators, a Hyundai sedan crossed the median and collided with a Dodge van. Yeo Heng Soon, Chua Cher Hwee, Justin Yeo Jun Xi and Victor Colldeforms Pren were killed in the crash.
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.
Jessie Lindsey was struck and killed near 15th Avenue and Peoria Avenue in north Phoenix on Monday. According to accident investigators with the Phoenix Police Department, the driver of a 2011 Dodge Charger struck and killed Ms. Lindsey before fleeing the scene.
Seven people sustained injuries in a rollover crash on Monday that occurred on I-17 near the Sunset Point rest area. Some of the injuries have been described as serious.
A pedestrian who collapsed in a Scottsdale crosswalk was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver late Wednesday night. Scottsdale Police Department accident investigators report that a witness observed a man lying in a crosswalk on east Shea Boulevard, possibly as the result of a medical event. An SUV eastbound on Shea struck the man near 72nd Place, but did not stop. The unidentified man later died at the hospital.
The wife and daughter of a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputy reportedly were intentionally run down as they walked along the sidewalk in their neighborhood on Wednesday night. Deputy Sergeant Steve Chervenak said the driver of a pickup truck drove onto the sidewalk and deliberately struck his wife, Amy Chervenak, and his daughter.
Juan C. Ramirez of Yuma, Arizona died at the scene of an accident in Andrews County, Texas that claimed the lives of five people. Texas Department of Public Safety accident investigators report that three vehicles were involved in the Saturday evening crash.
A mother and her three daughters were struck by a pickup truck while in a central Phoenix crosswalk Monday mid-morning.
A pedestrian is dead following an early morning accident near 36th Street and Thomas Road on Thursday. Doesha Eskew was struck by a hit-and-run driver at about 2:00 a.m.
A driver for Uber struck a pedestrian on Camelback Road early Thursday morning. Police investigators report that a pickup truck driving westbound on Camelback near 78th Street struck a male pedestrian who was walking in a traffic lane at about 1:30 a.m. After speaking with the driver of the pickup, police said neither speed nor impairment appear to be factors contributing to the accident.
Xiaoying Wen, a doctoral student in music at Arizona State University, was killed while riding his bicycle near campus last Thursday. Tempe Police accident investigators report that Mr. Wen was in the crosswalk at Rural Road and Vista Del Cerro Drive when he was struck by a pickup truck.
Brenda Joy Murphy was killed Tuesday afternoon in an accident just outside Quartzsite caused by a wrong-way driver. The unidentified driver of a white Ford sedan traveling northbound on SR-95 crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and struck the rear of another Ford vehicle, causing it to roll. The white Ford sedan continued in the wrong direction until it collided with a Chevrolet sedan occupied by Ms. Murphy.
Martha Hilts was out for an early morning run on Thursday in her Ahwatukee neighborhood near Lakewood Parkway and Amberwood Drive when she was struck by a driver believed to be impaired. Witnesses to the accident saw a car drive up on the sidewalk before striking Ms. Hilts. The driver has been identified as Shannon Scott.
An SUV filled with trick-or-treaters dressed in Halloween costumes overturned Tuesday night near Dixileta Drive and North Valley Parkway. One of the passengers, a 7-year-old girl, was seriously injured when she was ejected as the vehicle rolled. She was air evacuated to a pediatric trauma center.
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.
An accident in central Phoenix left one person in critical condition and two others with serious injuries early Monday morning. Phoenix Fire Department emergency responders were on the scene at 27th Avenue and Campbell Avenue.
An accident on Phoenix’s west side involving two vehicles sent five people to the hospital Wednesday. Four teenagers ranging in age from 15 to 17 were in a compact car that collided with a large SUV driven by an unidentified 27-year-old woman with her three children.
A young girl was struck and killed while crossing a street with her grandmother while leaving a local carnival at St. Louis the King School on Saturday night. Briana Cabrera, age 6, and her grandmother, age 47, were crossing 43rd Avenue when they were both struck by someone driving northbound in a blue or silver Nissan Altima. The crash was witnessed by Briana's classmates and teachers at St. Louis the King School, where she attended classes.
Accident investigators with the Phoenix Fire Department were actively working a deadly rollover crash on southbound I-17 at Glendale Avenue on Friday afternoon. One unidentified woman died when she reportedly was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. A second woman in the car remains hospitalized in critical condition. Five children in the car were treated for minor injuries.
A head-on collision claimed the lives of three people on Monday evening. Katie Marie Zeitino, her husband, Miguel Zeitino, and mother-in-law, Magdalena Zeitino, were near Southern Avenue and Hardy Drive in Tempe on Monday night when their vehicle was struck head-on.
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.
A car accident on westbound Loop 101 on Sunday night has claimed the life of Michael Steinberg.
An accident on Shea Boulevard near 64th Street left one man dead and another fighting for his life on Wednesday night.
Accident investigators with the Flagstaff Police Department are reporting that Charles Alderson and Leah Alderson were killed in a single vehicle accident on U.S. 89.
A wrong-way driver collided head-on with another vehicle on Interstate 17 just north of Black Canyon City on Tuesday. The Arizona Department of Public Safety received 911 calls at about 2:45 a.m. reporting a vehicle driving northbound in the southbound lanes.
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.
Russ Genovese of Fontana, California was killed when his car was struck head-on early Friday morning in northwest Arizona.
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.
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