10/29/2017 bicyclist killed in headon crash with wrong-way susp. impaired driver.
Summit Trail Road inside South Mountain Park, Phoenix. There were no specific location given, here is a sample of the Summit Road.
Here’s an illustration of an uphill section leading into a blind curve to the right. The road is a windy two-lane, with very narrow lanes; I get something under 20 feet from edgeline to edgeline, making each lane a bit under 10 feet. Sand/rocks/gravel is prevalent. Here’s a good view of a cyclist using the road.
- Maricopa County Superior Court Case CR2017-149739
- Case Minutes. Most recent minute indicates sentencing is scheduled for Oct 14, 2022. This is pretty funny/sad in the minute from April 7, 2022, it says “The number of continuances granted before this continuance was: Sixteen (16)”! Judge mad?
Annaleah Dominguez was indicted 11/8/2017 on a charge of reckless manslaughter (a class 2 felony);
PLEA DEAL — court minute 7/29/2022
For reasons not stated — they never are, our prosecutors work in virtual secrecy — the driver was allowed to plea to the lesser charge of Negligent Homicide. This is still a serious felony, however, the prosecutor has stipulated in the deal it is “non-dangerous”. Is this a sweetheart deal? Were there evidence problems? I guess we’ll never know, because of the opacity of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
This will yield, by far, the lightest sentence azbikelaw is aware of in Arizona where an impaired motorist kills someone. The driver’s actions were reckless on their face (driving on the wrong side of the road around a curve) irrespective of impairment; recklessly is the standard for manslaughter — so how did it get down to negligen homicide?
This information was posted by Eric Arentsen, on the Big Orange Public Facebook page, and was also picked up by bikinginla :
Big Orange member, Rob Dollar, was killed almost five years ago. An impaired driver crossed a double yellow line and took Rob’s life in a head-on accident as he was riding his bike. We encourage those that knew Rob to send a note to the Probation Officer encouraging the stiffest sentence possible. The driver is facing 1 to 3 ½ years in jail for negligent homicide [I think it’s actually 1.5 / 2.5 / 3 years, min/presumptive/max. We hope you will make your voices heard at the sentencing by sending a note today.
Send your email to Diane.Knuepfer@jbazmc.maricopa.gov by September 28 with your thoughts about the sentence and how Rob’s death has impacted your life. Here are some bullet points to get you thinking:
· How has Rob’s death impacted you? Please build on what Rob meant to you and the community.
· How has the crime (guilty of negligent homicide) affected your life? If you are a cyclist, have you changed where you ride or how you ride?
· What are your thoughts regarding the sentence the court should impose on the defendant?
Deadline is Sept 28.
Note that the incarceration time referred to above is only theoretical, since this is being sentenced as “non-dangerous” there need not be any jail time; it can be all probation, entirely at the sentencing judge’s discretion.
Robert Dollar, 36, was riding his 10-speed bicycle southbound from the top of South Mountain around 9:40 a.m. Sunday. As he rounded the corner, 19-year-old Annaleah Dominguez struck and killed Dollar.
According to police, Dominguez was driving northbound on Summit Trail Road with two passengers inside. She crossed the double yellow lines going northbound in the southbound lanes to pass another bicyclist that was in front of her heading up the trail road.
After Dollar was struck, CPR was performed by citizens and the Phoenix Fire and Medical Department. However, Dollar was pronounced deceased on scene.
Dominguez admitted to officers of recently drinking and ingesting marijuana. The officers discovered a quantity of marijuana just outside the car that one of the passengers threw out after the accident.
Dominguez showed signs of impairment and was booked into jail for manslaughter and drug charges.
FileNumber: 201701904079 -> phoenix number 17001904079 No report available at this time (probably due to criminal proceedings?).
The data has way too many UNKNOWNS; not sure what’s up with that. Directions and so forth. These all seem to have been known. It has the wrong lighting condition, says DARK, but it happened mid-morning.
It correctly lists and faults motorist for DROVE IN OPPOSING LANE. However, it lists cyclist behavior/violation as EXCEEDED_LAWFUL_SPEED which seems rather unlikely
The corrected ADOT incident number is 3426990 (initially it was 3321986; that is gone now, had lots of “unknowns” in it; Need to correct his on spreadsheet)