A westbound driver apparently failed to negotiate a slight bend in the road and drove up on the sidewalk, killing the Childtime Sign. July 19, 2016 ~ 8AM. Warner Rd, just west of 51st St.
Driver Barbara Christine McLaughlin was arrested after driving the wrong way on Arizona SR-87 near Bush Highway Thursday afternoon. DPS Trooper Pedro Rodriguez heroically intentionally caused a crash in order to stop McLaughlin’s 5,000 pound pickup; probably doing her a big favor, because people who drive pickups the wrong way tend to kill people and go to prison (for a long time). Oh, and after the minor collision, McLaughlin tried to drive away (hit and run). Nice. “impairment is suspected” DPS says. Continue reading Wrong-way driver stopped on SR-87
Phx police say drinking and drag racing leave 1 dead 1 critical, @arizonarepublic says ‘accident’? @droptheaword #crashnotaccident
Ann Day was killed in a headon crash with a suspected impaired driver, ~ 8AM, May 7, 2016. Day was traveling eastbound on Ina Road near the Westward Look Resort, near Tucson (Pima County) Continue reading Tucson area motorist killed in head-on; driver arrested
The original story about this Dec. 27, 2014 death has a long list of horribles, emphasis added:
Preliminary test results indicated that Erica Flynn’s blood-alcohol level was .283, more than three times the legal limit, after the crash that killed 66-year-old Kathleen Mae Searcy on Dec. 27, the records show.
Flynn, 30, was southbound on Arizona Avenue in a Toyota Camry when she ran a red light and struck Searcy’s Honda Accord, which was making a left turn on a green arrow at the San Tan Freeway, records show.
Data from Flynn’s vehicle indicated she was driving at a speed of 75 mph – 30 miles over the posted speed limit – and did not brake prior to impact, according to police.
Interesting note about the black box data… there was a warrant issued 12/29/2014 that I would guess was for that. Continue reading Speeding, extremely Drunk, red-running killer nets 11 years
4/9/2016 ~ 7 pm near Kadota Avenue and Saguaro Street, Casa Grande, AZ.
Victim: 20 y.o. Emily Akins.
Driver: supsect Christina Rascon, 40 has been arrested in connection with the hit and run.
A motorist was fatally injured when a plane crashed into the rear-end of a stopped vehicle. Continue reading Stupid Things People Won’t Say
A note about data sources
- FARS. As of this writing the 2013 final is available, and 2014 is preliminary
- Arizona Crash Facts; published yearly by ADOT in June of the following year
- ADOT collision database sometimes called ASDM (I’ll refer to it as that, below); released yearly in June of the following year
- News / Media reports; obviously this is very incomplete and hit-and-miss
Data from all these sources is located centrally on this google docs spreadsheet. which covers each bicyclist fatality occurring from 2009 onward.
Normally these are all in agreement, however there are multiple inconsistencies in both 2013 and 2014 that I cannot resolve. Continue reading Missing 2013 and 2014 Fatalities
Thursday 3/3/2016 mid-day. A Driver crashed into a “large group” (the news report said ~ 15) of cyclists who were stopped at a traffic signal, and standing in a BL, nonetheless. At the time of this writing two are dead, and several more injured. The driver was arrested on DUI charges and was taken into custody. North La Cañada Drive and West Overton/Hardy Road, which is in Pima County, and is being investigated by the Pima County Sheriff’s Office.
bicycletucson.com has updated information; the identity of the suspect and the two fatality victims has been released:
(suspect) Brian Lynch, 28, struck five members of the group. Clare Rhodes, 72, died at the scene and Kenneth Vieira, 68, died at the hospital. The other cyclists were transported to the hospital where one cyclist remains in critical condition.