Celebrity DUIs and other car criminals

There are tens of thousands of DUI arrests per year in AZ (39,746 in 2013 to be more precise). And that’s not counting the many of the over ten thousand hit-and-run drivers reported each year in AZ (11,402 in 2010 to be more precise), all of whom are criminals, thousands of them serious felons, few of whom are ever caught or charged. (hit-and-run from a collision with any injury is a felony, if the injury is serious or fatal the felony is likewise serious). Continue reading Celebrity DUIs and other car criminals

Mesa PD: Bicyclist struck, killed after riding through red light

April 11, 2015, morning. Cyclist 40’s/M was killed after riding into the intersection of Alma School Road and Southern Ave, Mesa on a red.

This is a right-angle collision, the motorist was SB on Alma School, and the cyclist was EB on Southern.  The two media accounts vary slightly regarding the color, or really the phase, of the signal. Both say the motorist entered on a yellow (which is, of course, legal and would give the motorist the right-of-way);  The KPHO account, additionally, said “The signal had turned red when the bicyclist entered the intersection” Continue reading Mesa PD: Bicyclist struck, killed after riding through red light

Bicyclist dies after being struck by car near Apache Junction

Photo: Pinal County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Pinal County Sheriff’s Office

Friday April 10, 2015, early afternoon. Victim: Jameson Kennedy, 51/M. The driver told police “an animal ran out in front of him and the bicyclist on westbound McKellips Boulevard, causing the cyclist to swerve to the left. The driver swerved to the right, striking the cyclist from behind.”  Continue reading Bicyclist dies after being struck by car near Apache Junction

6 y.o. killed in parking lot backing crash w/UPS truck

April 4(?), 2015 ~4pm. Daylin Garcia Enos, 6/M killed after crashing with a backing UPS truck in a large apt complex in Tucson.

This is presumably a non-traffic incident, because of where it occurred, on private property; it won’t be reflecting in official traffic statistics… as a result it’s hard to know how common non-traffic MV fatalities/injuries are. They seems to be more common than I would have thought. Bicyclist Richard Leon was killed on a private street just this past November. Follow the non-traffic tag for a collection of these. Continue reading 6 y.o. killed in parking lot backing crash w/UPS truck

The REAL ID kerfluffle

In 2007 (or was it 2008; it was the 48th 2nd regular session) the state of Arizona inserted a new law into the transportation code that specifcally prevents ADOT (“the department”) from issuing DLs or IDs (i.e. motor vehicle drivers licenses, or in the case of non-drivers, state issued identification cards) that complied with federal REAL ID requirements. HB2677

The bill created statute 28-336. Continue reading The REAL ID kerfluffle

Bicyclist killed at driveway 43rd Ave and Bell

Think about where each of these motorists is looking before crossing the sidewalk. graphic: cyclingsavvy.org
Think about where each of these motorists is looking before crossing the sidewalk. graphic: cyclingsavvy.org

Tuesday March 31, 2015 time appox early afternoon: the bicyclist was a 20 y.o. female, name not released yet. Police say she was riding SB in a NB lane on 43rd Ave near Bell when an exiting vehicle (possibly the Schwann’s truck seen in the video) turned right and struck her. I.e. the rider was counter-flow in the roadway. This appears to be the NE corner; there is a designated bike lane there, looks to be the driveway nearest Whataburger / Hobby Bench.

The illustration at right is meant to highlight the dangers of sidewalk riding, however the same advice applies to counter-flow street riding, possibly moreso… The driver of a vehicle exiting the driveway when turning right is going to be looking to the left; and especially isn’t expecting any traffic (in the roadway) to approach from his right). Besides the 2013 Scottsdale incident, mentioned below, there have been at least two more recent fatalities, both in Tempe involving wrong-way bicyclists killed in collisions with right-turning drivers (6/12/2014 at Elliot and Harl; and 10/3/2013 at Univerity and Smith). These are, by the way, the only known bicyclist fatalities in Tempe for those two years.

Continue reading Bicyclist killed at driveway 43rd Ave and Bell

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