I had missed this when it happened, though it was reported in the media. I learned about it while hearing the victim’s mother speak at the Distracted Driving Summit at the state capitol yesterday.
Nov 2, 2016 ~ 6:30pm. Victim Chloe Schneider, 16/F was struck from behind by a 22/F driver on Yuma Road near Tuthill, Buckeye, AZ. Chloe was training for an upcoming (MTB) event. (If i remember what I heard correctly, the victim’s sister was also involved?)
The victim’s mother testifies regularly at the AZ legislature (e.g. see senate hearing for SB1165 in 2019); she states the driver was indeed using (texting?) a cell; in a flagrently distracted manner. She mentions the prosecutor says (claims) there is nothing they can do (criminally). The description of the crash sounds like recklessness and/or negligence so I don’t believe the prosecutor — how was a prosecutor able to bring manslaughter charges in these cases? She states the driver was issued a citation for speeding (I assume “failure to control speed to avoid…”, 28-701)
A 16-year-old girl died Nov. 2 after she was hit by a car near Yuma and Tuthill roads in Buckeye, officials said.
The teen, identified by family on a GoFundMe page as Chloe Schneider, was riding her bike along the roadway when she was struck by the vehicle, said Sgt. Jason Weeks, a spokesman with the Buckeye Police Department.
Officers responded at about 6:20 p.m. and found Chloe with extensive injuries. She was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Weeks said.
The driver of the vehicle, a 22-year-old Buckeye resident, remained at the scene and cooperated fully with investigators, he said.
The Buckeye Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating the collision. Impairment was not a factor in the crash, Weeks said.
A fundraiser has been set up at gofundme.com/chloes-service-fund to help the family with funeral expenses.