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Arizona bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash

A 28-year-old man is facing a felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident after a July 11 incident in Maricopa County, authorities stated. The accident reportedly occurred near Mesa at approximately 4:45 p.m. and claimed the life of a bicyclist.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, officials located and detained the 28-year-old man after a witness noted the license plate number of the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run accident on Apache Trail. Reportedly, the driver of that vehicle had veered into the right lane of the roadway before striking the bicyclist.

1 dead, 2 injured in Interstate 10 truck accident

A car accident that occurred in Arizona on July 4 left one person dead and at least two others with injuries. According to the report, the incident, which occurred on Interstate 10 in Tucson, involved a passenger car and two semi-trucks.

A captain with Northwest Fire stated that one of the semi-trucks was heading west on the interstate. Shortly before 12 p.m., the driver suddenly crossed over the median and into oncoming traffic. The semi-truck collided with a second semi-truck and a passenger vehicle. The driver of the westbound semi-truck did not survive the accident.

Families of Arizona Hotshots file wrongful suit

With a one-year deadline looming, survivors of 12 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died on June 30, 2013, filed a wrongful death suit. The incident that led to the deaths of 19 individuals sparked due to a lightning strike, resulting in a small fire near Yarnell on June 28 of that year. The suit alleges that early efforts to manage the incident failed, resulting in the spread of the fire. The survivors further allege that the safety of those fighting the fire took less priority than the protection of structures and pastures. The Hotshots were reportedly left in a downwind position as the wind-driven fire progressed rapidly.

An attorney speaking on behalf of the plaintiffs indicates that there was an effort to work out an agreement to permit a longer time frame for resolving the issue. However, the state's decline of a potential tolling agreement resulted in a need to file suit before the statute of limitations expired. The attorney notes that a top priority for the survivors is the need to determine what happened and how to prevent a recurrence for others.

Several injured in two-vehicle wreck

Five people were injured by an accident that happened in Arizona on July 1 according to a local news source. The collision occurred near the intersection of Sunrise Drive and 51st Avenue in Laveen Village at approximately 8:30 a.m. The incident happened when driver an armored truck headed south on 51st Avenue crossed over the centerline and collided with an oncoming pickup truck.

According to a spokesman with Phoenix police, the armored truck began tipping over before the impact and ended up on top of the hood the pickup truck after the collision. Emergency crews used extrication equipment to remove three victims from the vehicles, two of whom were inside of the armored truck. Police remained on-scene guarding the money inside the armored truck until another vehicle arrived to remove the funds.

Arizona highway accident results in 4 deaths, 2 injuries

An accident involving two pickup trucks and a sedan has taken the life of four people and injured two others, authorities reported. The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. June 19 on U.S. 70 between Safford and Globe.

According to reports, an 18-year-old man was driving a Dodge pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer in an easterly direction on U.S. 70 while a Honda sedan containing five people was traveling in the opposite direction on the same road. The driver of the Dodge pickup allegedly failed to maintain his lane and crossed over the centerline into the path of the Honda. The sedan's 50-year-old driver turned sharply left in an attempt to avoid a collision, but both vehicles collided on the passenger side. The Dodge pickup struck the guardrail on the westbound side with enough force that its trailer ended up on top of the guardrail, disconnected from the truck, while the Honda ended up against the guardrail on the eastbound side. A third vehicle, a Ford pickup truck driven by a 28-year-old man, crashed into the Dodge pickup.

2 injured in State Route 143 crash

An Arizona crash on June 23 left two men with serious injuries. The wreck, which took place in the northbound lanes of State Route 143 in Phoenix at approximately 1:50 a.m., is the fifth accident to occur within a time period of one month.

Authorities stated that the driver of a green sedan was traveling south in the northbound lanes when he collided with a second vehicle. The impact of the collision caused enough damage to the vehicles that one driver had to be extricated by emergency crews. Both men were taken to Maricopa County Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

Driver charged following Arizona 2-fatality crash

Police detained a woman who was accused of driving a Toyota and running into the back of another vehicle, killing its two occupants. Authorities said the 35-year-old woman was driving a Toyota SUV when she hit the back of a Chevrolet sedan at the intersection of Recker Road and Brown Road in Mesa around 5:15 a.m. on June 9.

It is estimated that the Toyota was traveling about 90 miles per hour when it hit the sedan, which was stopped at a red light. The sedan was pushed into another SUV, causing that vehicle to roll onto its top. The Toyota also sideswiped a fourth vehicle. The drivers of the third and fourth vehicles did not suffer life-threatening injuries, and the accused driver suffered a broken vertebra.

About 10 percent of doctors are alcoholics, drug addicts

According to government studies, about one out of 10 doctors is an alcoholic or drug addict, and Arizona-based doctors are likely no exception. One investigative correspondent brought this issue to light after finding several cases of doctors getting caught abusing alcohol and drugs. He reported that some of these doctors were drunk or stoned when they performed surgeries on patients, leaving the patients injured or even dead.

In an interview, a Tennessee physician admitted to seeing patients as an intern while under the influence of drugs. The doctor said that fellow physicians were writing prescriptions for him. At one point, he was reportedly taking 100 pills every day. However, he has been clean for 10 years. While his patients did not know that he was using drugs, that is not case for all doctors.

Girl, 8, reportedly ejected from car during I-10 crash

A two-car accident on Interstate 10 in Phoenix left five people injured last night. At the outset, this may seem like a “routine” accident until you consider that an eight-year-old girl was allegedly ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Although she was reportedly thrown from the vehicle, she apparently did not suffer the injuries that commonly kill people who are ejected from cars that have been in accidents.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, so a determination of fault is speculative at this point. However, crash is a tragic reminder of what can happen to occupants of a vehicle if they are not using seatbelts. Arizona has a law that requires all passengers in a car to use a restraint system. This includes all children under certain heights and weights. Failure to do so could result in police issuing a citation. 

Girl, 8, reportedly ejected from vehicle in I-10 crash

A two-car accident on Interstate 10 in Phoenix left five people injured last night. At the outset, this may seem like a “routine” accident until you consider that an eight-year-old girl was allegedly ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Although she was reportedly thrown from the vehicle, she apparently did not suffer the injuries that commonly kill people who are ejected from cars that have been in accidents. 

*Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the State Bar of Arizona, Board of Legal Specialization