Yikes. Inattention/Distraction, much?

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photo credit: Peoria Fire Dept. Pecos Road near 17th Street

Rest assured the authorities are dealing harshly with the inattentive driver who caused a serious injury; she gets a traffic ticket “The driver of the Kia will be cited…”. That the driver will be immediately cited indicates police aren’t even bothering to look at any more serious charges — this distracted driver is facing 2nd Degree murder charges, exactly how are they different? He wasn’t looking at the road. According to the present story, something in the rear seat distracted this driver; somehow causing her to suddenly veer.  So, this yields nothing more than a traffic citation — what constitutes recklessness. Endangerment/assault/aggravated assault — these are apparently not within the ken of the Phoenix PD, and/or prosecutor(s). “A person commits endangerment by recklessly endangering another person”. “A person commits assault by…recklessly causing any physical injury”. “A person commits aggravated assault if the person commits assault …and… causes serious physical injury to another”

Pecos Road is straight and has long, long sightlines. This is the scene of Anselmo fatlity in 2004, Pecos Road near 18th Street.

incident: Monday 8/4/2014. phx incident#14xxxxxxxxx ;

PHOENIX – A Phoenix city worker was seriously injured after he was hit by a vehicle while filling potholes near Pecos Road and 17th Street Monday afternoon.

Phoenix police officers and firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a 2012 Kia Soul and a Street Transportation Department work truck at approximately 12:30 p.m.

According to Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department, two Street Transportation Department employees were stopped in the roadway, repairing the road surface. One of the employees was working behind the truck and the second was sitting in the driver’s seat.

A Kia Soul driven by a 26-year-old woman struck the worker in the roadway and then collided with the rear of the city vehicle.

The 38-year-old employee who was hit sustained serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. The second employee, a 36-year-old man, sustained minor injuries and was also taken to the hospital.

The driver of the Kia and two children, ages 1 and 3, were properly restrained in the vehicle. All three were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and for observation.

Crump said the driver was providing child care for the two passengers and told investigators she was distracted when something fell on the back floorboard. When she was reaching back to pick it up, she veered over, causing the collision.
“She indicated to our officers that a bottle had hit the floor, the back floor board and that she was distracted, bending over trying to pick it up when she veered into the lane that had the equipment in the roadway doing the repair,” said Sgt. Trent Crump.
The driver of the Kia will be cited for failing to control the speed of her vehicle to avoid a collision.   — azfamily.com

 

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