Sat 11/25/2023 “early morning” ~ 1:30A
Rural Road southbound, just south of Broadway, Tempe. Driver is suspected of impairment and excessive speed; crossed over and struck a fixes object, a “single vehicle” type crash.
Rural Road is very wide. (too wide?). This apparently allegedly involved street racing; the evening tv news (pasted below), the crash occurred on the property of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, on the east side of Rural Road.
Two people are dead, and a driver has been arrested after a car crash in Tempe. The force of the collision was so strong that the vehicle split in two.
Tempe Police say 32-year-old Derek Glasscok [probably Glasscock]was heading south on Rural Road near Broadway Road, then crossed multiple lanes of traffic before hitting a fixed object.
Police say speed and impairment may have played a role in the collision.
Prosecutors are very adept at seeking charges against drivers who kill people while impaired, with routine outcomes of long (~ 10 years) prison sentences. See this sheet for a curated list of usually recent AZ traffic criminal cases.
The costs involved, human and financial, are monstrous; is anybody else wondering about long prison sentences; I mean in terms of cost, deterrence, and possible alternatives? I’m thinking a long and actually enforced license revocation could be more effective.
As was pointed out here, Arizona only has the illusion of tough drunk driving laws, and unless someone gets killed, the penalties are rarely significant. And what about “street racing”? Arizona has some specific laws that have some very mild consequences (mostly misdemeanor; and certainly no possibility of going to prison).
More details were revealed the next day:
Just after 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Tempe police saw two cars street racing in the area of Rural and Terrace roads. According to court documents, the cars were going over 100 in a 35 mph zone. Officers tried to stop one of the cars involved, a blue Ford Mustang, but it sped away. Police did not attempt to chase the car, but moments later, officers saw a cloud of smoke rising into the air…
Police then found the same Mustang had crashed into a power pole on the east side of Rural Road just south of Broadway. Documents say Glasscock was pinned in the driver’s seat and that his two passengers had been ejected….
Based on evidence at the scene, police believe Glasscock was going 153 mph at the time of the crash. Documents indicate that after he lost control, the car went airborne, crashing into a utility pole and two palm trees. Investigators found that the Mustang was over 9 feet in the air when it hit one of the palm trees. Police called it an “extremely violent” crash that resulted in Rangel being thrown from the car with such force that she was found 80 feet away behind a building.
Court lookup in the usual place didn’t turn up any prior history.