A jogger, later identified as 56 year-old Rene Karlin, was killed while jogging on the sidewalk near my home in Ahwatukee (city of Phoenix).
A car that crossed oncoming lanes of traffic struck and killed a woman on the sidewalk in Ahwatukee Wednesday morning.
At about 6:10 a.m., a 20-year-old man was driving a 2004 [the press release referenced below says 2007] Nissan Maxima heading east on East Warner Elliot Loop near 44th Street [the nearest cross street is Jicarilla according to crash report, however GIS coordinates place it closer to 44th]when the car veered across westbound traffic and hit a woman. Neither the victim nor the driver were identified.
The woman was taken to a hospital but died of her injuries, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department. The driver reportedly sustained no major injuries.
Impairment does not appear to be a factor, Thompson said, but added that it can’t be ruled out at this time.
Here is the original press release from the Phoenix Police azmediavision.blogspot.com , note that the driver’s name was not released. I wonder why not? Not having a driver’s name makes it difficult to follow-up, e.g. by searching court records.
The police report can be obtained : incident number 11001458721, and KARLIN. The report faults the driver (traffic unit #1) for #16 Inattention/Distraction — which of course would come as no surprise. A court record search shows nothing for the driver as of this writing (April 19, 2012). The case may still be open, it’s not possible to tell from the online crash report. Fatals often take 6 months or more (why so long?) to come to final conclusions. There is a box X’ed (though apparently in pen, not via computer) saying conditions influencing driver: Medications.
This is ADOT incident=2571103. and FARS case #40503. The driver was tested and results were negative for alcohol. There were two positive drug results, neither particularly remarkable with regard to potential impairment: 401 (“amphetamine”) and 996 (“Other”), more fully, 996 is:
Use the translation table to assign the three-digit code. If the drug is not on the list, use code “996” Other Drug, except for drug confirmed as “post crash” administered. Caffeine and mild analgesics are coded “996.”
A 28-672 charge was filed, but after the (at the time) one year statute of limitations had expired, so the charge was dismissed. (Coincidentally, in 2012 it was increased to 2 years). There was a civil case. See comments below.