Semi driver charged in I-17 fatality

wreckage of Mercedes SUV (Photo: David Wallace/The Republic)

11/19/2014: 1 fatality (possibly a second, later) and several injuries when semi driver Brian Knoll drove into a line of stopped traffic on I-17 near Bell Road. He’s been charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault and endangerment; and entered a plea of not guilty to all charges on 12/3. Continue reading Semi driver charged in I-17 fatality

Man dies after crashing truck into Glendale barbershop

Check if this is a “traffic” fatality…. Crashes on private property “don’t count” as traffic crashes; however if the “unstabilized event” first occured on the public road, then it should.

Tuesday 12/2/2014 ~ 2:20am.  Glendale Ave near 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ. Ford (appears to be an F-150) white pickup. Victim: Sean Brannen, male 47. Continue reading Man dies after crashing truck into Glendale barbershop

Take the Driver’s test

downloadBelow is re-printed from the Arizona Republic , the quiz accompanied their article on ADOT’s BSAP):

The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends strengthening state laws and adding more questions about bicycle safety in driver’s license tests. Many people don’t know the existing rules. How well do you?

1. When is it OK for a bicycle to enter regular traffic from a bike lane or shoulder?

A. To pass another bike in a bike lane.

B. To avoid a hazard.

C. To prepare for a left turn into a driveway.

D. All of the above. Continue reading Take the Driver’s test

Cyclist dead in Ahwatukee car wreck

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[There have been a couple recent items of interest documented at, on Nov 29 there was a MV crash at intersection, and on Dec 1 a mobile speed trailer was set up]

Both cyclist and motorist were westbound Pecos approaching 17th Ave 11/12/2014 ~ 0900.  NOTE the google maps has both new and old views of the striping — be sure you are seeing the current version of the stripes, see pic below.

Damage pictured indicated the driver struck the cyclist with the left – center portion of the front of car. More details are at; and reports the cyclist to be Dwayne Falkner, age 60 of Tempe “Mr Falkner is known in the cycling world as ‘Highly’ Falker… For at least a decade, Mr Falkner competed in cycling competitions. USA Cycling lists Mr Falkner’s participation in 15 competitions between 2004 and 2013″.

There was a memorial ride to pay respects to Highly Falkner Sunday, Nov 16th morning. See for some photos and a video of the event.
Article about the community meeting with officials from Phoenix Streets Dept, coordinated via Councilman Sal DiCiccio, held Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

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Maricopa County Traffic Crash Map

This is  a google fusion table, like the multi-year bike and ped crashmaps; but will include ALL types of crashes. Because of google limitation of 100,000 rows — yeah there are a lot of crashes! — this set will be limited to Maricopa County only for one year, 2013. There are almost 80,000 crashes per year in Maricopa County.

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Crosswalk cyclist killed in crash w/ turning semi driver

Victim 23/M Brandon Rutledge; 11/6/2014, no time specified, video indicates it was daylight. 59th Avenue & Roosevelt, Phoenix; A semi tractor (video shows no trailer) was turning right from 59th Ave (direction was not specified) on to Roosevelt. The bicyclist had been riding on the sidewalk on 59th and continued through crosswalk, though the direction is not specified. “(phoenix police) did say the bicyclist appears to have broken some traffic laws” may be incorrect, Phoenix PD tends to fault bicyclists riding in crosswalks despite it not being illegal. I have attempted repeatedly to point this out to Phoenix PD; e.g. when an 82-year-old driver left-crossed and killed an 11-year-old girl , they determined the driver had done nothing wrong.

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79 y.o. Bicyclist killed in gated-community car crash North of Tucson

11/7/2014 ~ morning time “(PCSO) said the man was riding eastbound on Hawks Wing Drive, when he was struck by a car heading southbound on Mooncrest Drive” Hawks Wing Dr, which has a stop sign, is on the stem of a T intersection with Mooncrest. [google maps]

The 79 y.o. male victim’s name is Richard Hayward Leon.

KGUN photo

These are both residential streets; and the location is within a gated-community, which makes this highly unusual.

That it is on private streets probably means this is a “non-traffic” traffic fatality — that it won’t count towards traffic statistics, and will not be entered into ADOT traffic collision database, nor will it be reported to FARS when the time comes. This somehow seems wrong, so I want to make note of it and keep an eye out.

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