Another Ray Road Wreck in Ahwatukee

Westbound, single-vehicle, presumably one or more fatalities occurred Sept 24, 2011 early morning hours. The vehicle was apparently going way too fast, lost control and smashed into some trees in the median. I didn’t see any skids. The palm tree got decapitated, and a smaller tree was snapped off (you can see the original trees in the google maps streetview, below). The picture barely shows the twisted wreckage. The cops were keeping people way way way away. To the extent one wonders what was trying to be hidden? I was told I “can’t” take a picture. Weird.

google maps view of the vicinity; E. Ray Road about mid-way between 33rd and 34th St.

News Report

Press coverage was brief; e.g. az rep piece that appears to have been drawn from a police statement:

One woman was killed early Saturday morning after her car crashed into a palm tree, Phoenix police said. The crash occurred just before 2 a.m. Saturday near E. Ray Road and 33rd Street, said Phoenix police spokesman Tommy Thompson. The victim, 28-year-old Nicole Johnson, was driving at high speeds when she entered the center median and collided with the tree, Thompson said. She was taken to a local hospital where she died as a result of her injuries, he said. Police said Johnson was the only occupant in the single-vehicle collision, and it is unknown at this time if impairment was a factor.

The KPHO piece is very similar, but mentions the model of vehicle was 2007 Mitubishi Eclipse.

 

The Walls Continue to Keep Tumbling Down

This area is the scene of many wall-knockings-down. There were two I know of in broad daylight within this past year. Here is a pic of one in the east 3200 block from March 2011. Less than a month before that, another careless driver knocked down a wall exactly 2 blocks west of here, that time at 34th Street.

These are the result of extreme negligence, and it’s only by happenstance that no one gets killed. The broad sidewalk and shoulder attracts all manner of pedestrians, joggers, dog walkers and bicyclists.

I haven’t seen the Phoenix Police Department doing any speed enforcement here in ages. Years. Don’t they love us?

… update: on Sept 30, there was a motorcycle unit monitoring speed at 32nd Street and Ray at ~ 7:30 AM (which, by the way, is when traffic is pretty heavy, and it seems to me, less likely to be speeding.

4 thoughts on “Another Ray Road Wreck in Ahwatukee”

  1. Ray Road was closed and the news choppers where hovering ~ 5PM, thursday 12/15/2011 at approx 31st street (and/or the entrance to the gated Canyon reserve subdivision). There appeard to have been a small white pickup and motorcycle involved. Did not see the news reports, and there is nothing to be found on google.

  2. Sept 8, 2012 — if it’s Saturday morning, it must be time for another serious wee-hours wreck on Ray Road:

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/114690215313354554279/albums/5691675763785122049/5785900325956566530

    This was the almost exact same spot of last september’s fatality. Since this time, unlike last year, there was no VCU blocking off the road; i’m going to guess this was “only” and injury and that there were probably no fatalities.

    The driver in this case snapped off a pretty big tree. If only those pesky, dangerous trees weren’t in the way… drivers would be free to go even faster.

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