PD: Bicyclist killed by impaired driver at South Mountain park in Phoenix

10/29/2017 bicyclist killed in headon crash with wrong-way susp. impaired driver.
Summit Trail Road inside South Mountain Park, Phoenix. There were no specific location given, here is a sample of the Summit Road.

Here’s an illustration of an uphill section leading into a blind curve to the right. The road is a windy two-lane, with very narrow lanes; I get something under 20 feet from edgeline to edgeline, making each lane a bit under 10 feet. Sand/rocks/gravel is prevalent. Here’s a good view of a cyclist using the road.

Criminal Case

Annaleah Dominguez was indicted 11/8; At the current time she is charged only with the reckless manslaughter (a class 2 felony);

 


 

PD: Bicyclist killed by impaired driver at South Mountain park in Phoenix

Robert Dollar, 36, was riding his 10-speed bicycle southbound from the top of South Mountain around 9:40 a.m. Sunday. As he rounded the corner, 19-year-old Annaleah Dominguez struck and killed Dollar.

According to police, Dominguez was driving northbound on Summit Trail Road with two passengers inside. She crossed the double yellow lines going northbound in the southbound lanes to pass another bicyclist that was in front of her heading up the trail road.

After Dollar was struck, CPR was performed by citizens and the Phoenix Fire and Medical Department. However, Dollar was pronounced deceased on scene.

Dominguez admitted to officers of recently drinking and ingesting marijuana. The officers discovered a quantity of marijuana just outside the car that one of the passengers threw out after the accident.

Dominguez showed signs of impairment and was booked into jail for manslaughter and drug charges.

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2 thoughts on “PD: Bicyclist killed by impaired driver at South Mountain park in Phoenix”

  1. Bicyclist are the best and safest. Car drivers should get put away for life f the kill a bicyclist.

  2. I suppose I should have expected this, but a number of cyclists, who are quick to insist they are not blaming cyclists, go on to blame cyclists; in this particular telling, had the uphill cyclists been farther to the right, the drunk driver would not have struck the victim cyclist head-on. I try to explain: it’s the solely the impaired driver’s fault, she passed recklessly and illegally on a blind curve on a two-lane road with extremely narrow lanes, no shoulders, and frequent rocks/sand/gravel/debris at the edges. But still they come, “I hug the shit out of the shoulder as much as possible”, and so forth.
    That explanation may as well just have said Rob Dollar (the victim) would be alive today had been “hugging the shit out of the shoulder”. There was some chatter about how cyclists going downhill might sometimes behave reckless (which is certainly a possibility; just like there are reckless car drivers, there are reckless bicycle drivers), however the business about 15mph speed limit probably isn’t accurate, i expect the road is posted at 25mph (black and white signs), with 15mph curve advisory (a yellow sign)

    Ultimately, and isn’t it always the case?, these people have serious fear-from-the-rear; and feel — against all expert advice — that riding futher to the right is the answer.

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