Seriously? Seriously how often does this happen? — apparently with alarming regularity. In June a man was killed as he stepped foot outside the front door of a Sun City CVS by an out-of-control driver. Rene Karlin was killed last August while jogging in her Ahwatukee neighborhood when a driver jumped the curb. Drivers routinely mount the curb nearby my neighborhood after losing control and knocking down walls. Randy and Doris Bjerken were both killed walking on a Scottsdale sidewalk in May of last year as an SUV jumps the curb and wipes them out. In November of 2010, gifted plastic-surgeon and “top-doc” Richard Parvese was killed while walking on the sidewalk near his home in Paradise Valley…. I could go on. This is just a roundup of a handful of egregious incidents from the past year or two, and just the ones i know about; I’m sure there are many more, just around the Phoenix area.
From AZcentral 8/12/2012:
A 32-year-old man was hospitalized Sunday [8/12/2012] morning after being struck by an impaired driver. David Kerhoulas, 25, was booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail for Aggravated Assault and Endangerment, about 10:20 a.m., Sunday. Sgt. Trent Crump, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, said Kerhoulas hit a man after driving over a curb and onto a sidewalk, near the 11000 block of North 7th Street, at about 7 a.m. He also nearly hit another pedestrian, Crump said. It is unknown how the driver was impaired. “The actual drug will be determined by blood or alcohol testing which can take some time,” Crump said. The investigation is ongoing.