Unlicensed pickup driver’s bad left kills motorscooter rider; hit and run

Yikes. The unlicensed (permit) 15 y.o. pickup driver made a bad left (“left cross”); killing a motor scooter rider. March 12, 2014. The driver fled the scene.

Some reports referred to the victim’s vehicle as a scooter, and another a motorized scooter… from the pics it was apparently what is officially called a “Motor driven cycle”; which is like a motorcycle but with a limit on engine power; i.e. more power than a moped and less than a “full” motorcycle.


Mesa police plan to recommend hit-and-run charges against a 15-year-old boy who caused a fatal accident on Wednesday afternoon when he made left turn in front of a scooter, according to a police spokesman.

Police did not identify the boy because he is a juvenile, but the victim was identified as Mason Merrill, 22, who was aided by a detective who happened upon the collision on University Drive just east of Alma School Road.

In bicyclist crash types, this is called a  type “212 – Motorist Left Turn—Opposite Direction”. In addition to the hit and run, a bad left (28-772) is a 28-672 enabler — that is to say, if the driver made a bad left, he should be charged with 28-672, “Causing serious physical injury or death by a moving violation”, a misdemeanor,  in connection with the incident.

 I would imagine that motorcyclists (including mopeds, motorscooters and to some extent motorized bicyclists, not to mention this other motorized bicyclist killed by a hit and run driver) are more prone to being victimized in this way.

2 thoughts on “Unlicensed pickup driver’s bad left kills motorscooter rider; hit and run”

  1. A misdemeanor?? Really? I dont care how old he was ! He had NO LICENSE! And killed a human being! A mothers youngest boy, a new uncle and little brother. Most if not all people would help a wounded dog in the street but my little brother was left for dead in the middle of the highway with the 15yr old running from scene in hopes to get away unseen. WHAT HAS THE JUSTICE SYSTEM COME TOO!??

  2. hey gavin,
    I didn’t mention specifically (perhaps i should have);
    hit and run w/fatality is a very serious felony (though it doesn’t yield much prison time; it is still very serious).
    that would be in addition to the driving infractions that i mentioned

    see http://azbikelaw.org/blog/hit-and-run-in-arizona/ for general infor about hit and run

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