Aug 20, 2021
Hans Hughes was very seriously injured last month after being struck at a downtown Phoenix intersection (1st and Filmore). He subsequently succumbed to injuries. Police say a drunk driver ran a red light, striking the bicyclist, and then fled the scene. He was later arrested…
This is fishy; where is the media and why don’t they ask questions?? “The identity of the suspect was not released” (KTAR). As of late September 24th??!! wtf? These are very serious criminal accusations, felony hit-and-run and (likely) manslaughter (blowing a red light and kill someone is also a misdemeanor); someone has been arrested, why the secrecy?
Here’s what the ABC15 report said:
In August, a spokesperson for Phoenix police said the suspected driver ran a red light at First and Fillmore streets. That driver, who was not identified, was arrested and cited for DUI and failure to stop.
Update March 2022; we’re finally seeing some news reporting (but only from azcentral. Other outlets continue to miss this:
“Hughes was while biking home from work near First and Fillmore streets on the evening of Aug. 20. After several weeks in the hospital, Hughes died of his injuries on Sept. 21. Despite initially saying the driver had been issued citations for driving under the influence, Phoenix police as of Tuesday had not named the driver or announced an arrest in the case and have not explained why. ” — azcentral.com
As I said, Fishy.
Note to journalists and pedantic alert — it’s not usual to refer to any criminal offense as being given a citation. A citation is what is given for a civil offense; Criminal offenses are more correctly referred to as charges. Any form of DUI whether or not associated with causing injury is a criminal charge (and further may be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the situation); i.e. it’s not possible to get a “DUI citation”; so that would have been incorrect from the get-go.
Also, I just realized — there doesn’t appear to be a signal at 1st And Fillmore, it’s an all-way stop. Perhaps someone got mixed up between disregarding a stop sign vs. running a red light(?) and this wrong info got passed along to news media(?).
Crash data in database indicates a straightforward, right angle crash at intersection of 1st and Fillmore.
Hans died on 9/21/2021; making it more than 30 days after the crash. For statistical purposes, this doesn’t “count” for fatality reporting purposes in the federal FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporing System)
“To be included in this census of crashes, a crash had to involve a motor vehicle traveling on a trafficway customarily open to the public, and must result in the death of a person (occupant of a vehicle or a nonmotorist) within 30 days of the crash.” from DOT HS 811 137.
The death of Hughes appears to be the primary motivating factor in reconfiguring Filmore (example: “Victory!…this is a community win that honors the loss of Hans Hughes…”); despite his crash being unrelated to having anything to do with a bike lane, “protected” or not. (Hughes was north on 1st, while the driver was west on Filmore)
Here is the city project page: www.phoenix.gov/streets/fillmore
Most of the distance, from 1st to 7th Street (a little less than 1/2 mile) would have one travel lane removed that used to have Shared Lane Markings; to be replaced by a buffer bike lane with flex posts in the buffer. The few hundred feet from Central Ave to 1st St is more confusing; it’s much wider, and Filmore bends and shifts at Central.