Drivers operating pickups and other so-called “light trucks and vans” account for a disproportionate amount of pedestrian fatalities; but nobody seems to care…
3 year-old Anthony Meade was squashed to death in crosswalk at 20th and Camelback Rd, Phoenix on 12/4/2013 ~ 7:30PM. The driver (whose name apparently has not been released and is referred to only as a 26-year-old) was driving a 2009 Toyota Tundra, a large pickup…
All parties were northbound; the driver making a left from 20th Street onto Camelback, and the peds were crossing Camelback at the intersection. Continue reading
Seriously, how often does stuff like this happen? More peds wiped out on the sidewalk. 11/30/2013 2:15pm 67th and Glendale Aves… In addition to the dead ped, another ped, and the driver have “life-threatening” injuries. A glendale pd officer was also injured less seriously.
Woman ID’d in fatal Glendale officer-involved accident
… Dorothy Cochran, a Glendale resident in her 60s, died after she was hit by a van while on the sidewalk on the southwest corner of 67th and Glendale avenues, Glendale Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jay O’Neill said. Glendale resident Elmer Hicks, who is in his 60s, also was struck by the van and remained in critical condition Sunday morning, O’Neill said. Hicks is being treated at a local hospital…. The collision happened about 2:15 p.m. as Howard was responding to a non-emergency call while driving south on 67th Avenue in the area of Glendale Avenue, O’Neill said…. A white van traveling north on 67th Avenue that was driven by Robert Escobedo, a Glendale resident in his 30s, turned in front of Howard, O’Neill said. The police vehicle was invovled in a secondary collision, but there were no injuries. The force of the collision sent the van onto the southwest corner sidewalk, where it struck Cochran and Hicks, he said. Cochran was thrown into the parking lot of an adjacent business, where she was struck by another vehicle.,,,
Both drivers were killed when their full-sized SUVs collided head-on Saturday evening 11/23/2013 near 83rd Ave and Durango, Phoenix. The driver who crossed over the center line was fleeing the scene of another wreck. Lovely. Continue reading
11/24/2013 ~ 5:20pm: El Tour rider John S. Henderson was struck and killed while riding in “the El Tour bike lane” when he was struck from behind by a driver; authorities believe the driver may have suffered some sort of medical emergency causing him to lose control. The crash occurred eastbound on the Interstate 10 frontage road near Sunset Road, Tucson. This section appears to have a very wide shoulder, and some news stories mentioned cones, which I would surmise is what was meant by calling it an “El Tour bike lane”.
Seriously? Seriously, how often does stuff like this happen? A driver slams through the wall of a home and into the bedroom of a girl who’s sleeping just inches away. The suspect/driver Daniel Sanchez Patino fled, but of course.
Freak “accident”? Lots of freaks out there… how about: Driving into a classroom (killing 1, injuring 11), driving into a Seven-11 and killing a shopper, walking out the front door of CVS (one dead), or taking a break out in front of the Walgreens where you work (one dead), or rammed at a bus stop (2 dead, one injured), or just out for a stroll on the sidewalk (one dead) / or a jog on sidewalk (one dead). I could go on. Oiy Veigh.
Police and prosecutors have released info regarding why they decided to charge the truck driver who caused a wreck that killed DPS Officer Tim Huffman near Yuma on May 6, 2013 with a string of felonies including 2nd degree Murder. Jorge Espinoza has plead not guilty (see Police work is dangerous for earlier reports) Excerpts from Report: Truck driver was looking at phone in deadly crash: Continue reading
This a remarkable story, kudos to the Detective Ted Yoder, and the Glendale PD.
You can follow the criminal case against the suspect, John Kovacich at superiorcourt.maricopa.gov CR2013-446736, there are no case minutes as of today (11/1/2013, which is strange). The defense attorney is listed as Lauwrence Kazen, who seems to be noted for defending high-profile vehicle-crime cases; and the county attorney is Tiffany Brady,
The suspect was charged, based on 1) owning a vehicle that matches witness descriptions and debris left behind at the scene where Daniel Frampton was seriously injured July 30, Continue reading
Speedway and Alvernon — whole lotta lanes! Seven y.o. Simon Foster was killed while crossing here in a crosswalk, with a green light
Speedway and Alvernon — intersections the size of parking lots.
Fresh on the heels of Another-Speedway-crosswalk-ped-death (10/20/2013); the azstarnet.com is reporting ped fatal in the City of Tucson are at record levels: “Twenty-one people have died when they were walking or hit by a vehicle since the beginning of the year (the year is 2013, as of late-October). The average for the Tucson area is 15 pedestrian deaths per year”. I doubt fancy engineering, like HAWKs, can have much of an overall effect — rather the Tucson area, like the Phoenix metro area, is simply Dangerous by Design. Things like a handful of extra blinkie crosswalks are merely a band-aid over the (apparently worsening) problem. “transportation agencies typically prioritize speeding traffic over the safety of people on foot… Pedestrian fatalities have fallen at only half the rate of motorists, dropping by just over 14 percent during the period (2000-2009). In many places, including 15 of the country’s largest metro areas, pedestrian fatalities have actually increased even as overall traffic deaths fell”. This preference for extra lanes and speeding-up motorists it detrimental to the safety of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists — all road users!
Crosswalk ped death of Matthew Bono 10/20/2013, initially hit-and-run; driver returned and was arrested on suspicion of 2nd degree murder (dui). The crash was at East Speedway and North Richey.
This death comes just a couple of weeks and less than 1/2 mile away from after another Speedway crosswalk ped death “…Simon Foster, 7, whose father, Don, took him and his sister, Charlie, 5, to dinner at McDonald’s at East Speedway and North Alvernon Way the evening of Sept. 29. Afterward, as they were crossing Speedway, on a green light and in the crosswalk, a driver simply turned right (on red) and plowed into them, police reports say. That driver, 31-year-old Saylee Solo,…”. Sol was later charged with causing a death w/moving violation, a misdemeanor. Continue reading
odd news story:
A man and woman were arrested Monday on suspicion of assaulting a (Mesa, i assume) police officer after the officer tried to stop them from riding their bikes in the street, according to a court document. Kerry Castleman, 49, is accused of standing in a fighting stance and pushed an officer after police stopped him while he was biking in the right lane of East Broadway Road near South Country Club Road, according to the document. When the officer tried to put handcuffs on Castleman, 43-year-old Cary McCoy…