3 year-old squashed to death in crosswalk

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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.

The news stories say only that the driver will be tested for impairment; in other words the Phoenix PD is hinting the driver was not apparently impaired…. And in any event the driver was found to not be impaired and so was never charged with any felony, according to Phoenix PIO; who would not reveal the driver’s name for some reason and so can’t check with caselookup to see; the description of the collision should have resulted in a 28-672 charge.

This crash reminded me of another stroller/pedestrian death a few year ago driver-cited-in-death-of-baby-in-stroller in Phoenix on 9/14/2009. The victim was a 7-month old was killed instantly as a driver failed to yield as she exited a private driveway in her SUV. The driver was ticketed.

Drivers operating pickups and other so-called “light trucks and vans” which includes SUVs  account for a disproportionately high number of pedestrian fatalities (Lefler 2004, Paulozzi 2005) ; but nobody seems to care. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is charged with traffic safety, the federal gov’t has regulated bumper heights of passenger cars for over 40 years; Light trucks are exempted from, among other things, bumper height regulations and that’s the way the industry likes it because taller vehicles look cool and can drive over things when used off-road; but have an unfortunate tendency to drive over things like pedestrians when used on-road.


Lefler DE, Gabler HC. (2004) The Fatality and Injury Risk of Light Truck Impacts with Pedestrians in the United States. Accid. Anal. Prev., Vol. 36, pp. 295–304.

Paulozzi LJ. (2005) United States Pedestrian Fatality Rates by Vehicle Type. Inj. Prev., Vol. 11, pp. 232–236.

(these studies are linked here under What if your Crash Partner is a Pedestrian? )

2 thoughts on “3 year-old squashed to death in crosswalk”

  1. As a retired person of 69 and a former compeditive cyclist, I hope to join with and work tirelessly for the benefit of the utilitarian cycling community. From arterial design to comprehensive education, there is a mountain of work that needs to be done. I need direction from all members of the cycling community on ideas to accomplish our universal goals.

  2. so I guess if i want a name (to find out if the driver was ever cited, or whatever) I’ll have to call records :-(

    —– Forwarded Message —–
    From: “steve.martos@phoenix.gov”
    To: Ed Beighe
    Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 1:24 PM
    Subject: Re: Email Question

    That would be correct. I believe he may have been cited already. I’d have to check.

    Steve Martos
    Sent from my iPhone

    On Mar 28, 2014, at 1:21 PM, “Ed Beighe” wrote:

    Thanks.
    In case you are wondering — let me tell you why I check: *sometimes* when a driver causes a fatality; after being cleared of serious felony charges, the police forget to levy whatever other, underlying citations and perhaps misdemeanor charges, and a negligent driver gets off scot free.
    This is exactly what happened in the death of Don Anselmo; phoenix police described it as a paperwork snafu, and I do understand that mistakes can happen — but i aim to see this particular type of mistake not happen again. Here is how it was described in our newspaper at the time:
    “Where we made an error, there was a window of a few weeks to issue a civil citation,” Phoenix police Sgt. Joel Tranter said.

    That’s right, an infraction would be just a civil traffic ticket — in the case of serious injury or death resulting enables 28-672. The statute of limitations on 28-672 has since been extended from 1 to 2 years; so there isn’t any time pressure here.

    From: “steve.martos@phoenix.gov”
    To: Ed Beighe
    Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 12:33 PM
    Subject: RE: Email Question

    A cross walk violation should be a civil violation not criminal (though I may have to re-fresh my memory as I’m not a traffic guy). Due to the nature of this incident they may seek “enhanced” prosecution which would cause it to be criminal. Yet, this charge would still be a misdemeanor.

    As for the release of the driver’s name. Our office does not release names of individuals unless they are in the process of being booked into jail or have been booked. In this case this has not occurred.

    Sergeant Steve Martos
    Phoenix Police Department
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    From: Ed Beighe [ebeighe@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 12:23 PM
    To: Martos, Steve
    Subject: Re: Email Question

    no problem.

    by not charged i surmise you mean no homicide charges, which i understand.

    According to the media description he( the driver whom you will still did not name) wold have been responsible for a crosswalk violation; which enables 28-672 (a misdemenaor) charge. no?

    From: “steve.martos@phoenix.gov”
    To: “ebeighe@yahoo.com”
    Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 12:12 PM
    Subject: Email Question

    Mr. Beighe,

    I apologize for the delay in responding. Your email went to the wrong place and was ultimately forwarded to me for a response.

    Since we arrived on scene we initially believed impairment was a factor in this fatal collision. We submitted evidence for toxicology results and the results were negative for impairment. No one has been charged in this case and we do not anticipate anything changing unless new information or evidence comes forward.

    Thank you for your follow-up.

    Sergeant Steve Martos
    Phoenix Police Department
    Media Relations
    steve.martos@phoenix.gov
    602.920.3460 cell
    602.256.3270 desk
    “Policing with a Purpose”

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