Living in Arizona, we know how hot it can get in the summer. However, heat can be more than just uncomfortable. It can be deadly.
As we head closer to the Christmas holiday weekend, we hope our readers are having a happy and festive holiday season. It remains to be seen how many people will be arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, but it is worth noting because alcohol related accidents are particularly tragic during the holiday season.
Car accident fatality, as readers know, is among the top killers in the United States. Federal and state transportation safety authorities and law enforcement agencies are well aware of this and are continually working to address the problem through better laws and more effective enforcement techniques, as well as through safety awareness and public education.
As some Arizona residents who follow celebrity news may know, a lawsuit has been filed over Bruce Jenner's involvement in a four-vehicle February crash that killed another motorist. The suit claims that the reality TV star's negligence was the cause of a 69-year-old woman's death.
A San Tan Valley accident left one woman dead after she accepted a ride with a 21-year-old man from a bar. Allegedly, the man was speeding when he lost control of his car and hit a fence. The car rolled over, and as the fire department arrived, it caught fire and exploded.
A 19-year-old man was charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon for his role in a December crash that killed a 16-year-old girl. According to one source, the driver is suspected of driving while impaired. Blood tests conducted at the hospital were positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical in marijuana that causes impairment.
On the morning of Oct. 31, a southbound work truck reportedly jumped a curb on Priest Drive and struck a pedestrian at the Elliot Road intersection. The driver then attempted to turn right onto Elliot Road and wound up in the wrong lane facing oncoming traffic. At that point, he crossed the median and three lanes before striking a light pole next to a covered bus stop.
A work truck apparently went out of control while heading down a local street on Oct. 31, going on a wild and tragic ride before coming to a stop after hitting a light pole. The driver suffered unknown injuries, and one woman was killed at the scene as she stood on a sidewalk. The incident is still under investigation.
A woman crossing a street in Phoenix was struck and killed by a car on the night of Oct. 23, authorities stated. The driver involved in the 8 p.m. accident allegedly fled from the scene of the crash, on McDowell Road near 51st Avenue. Phoenix police eventually located and detained the driver, reportedly.
A 28-year-old resident of Phoenix lost his life when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a Cadillac SUV around 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 30. The deadly crash occurred just east of Scottsdale Road on heavily traveled Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale. The entire eastbound side of the roadway was shut down for approximately four hours, and the closure severely affected morning rush hour traffic.