Woman killed along Thomas Rd, Phoenix

11/8/2019 ~ 8:30PM 42 y.o. female bicyclist Brandy Heideman was killed along Thomas Road somewhere between 32nd and 35th st, Phoenix.

There are a couple of odd elements, see news report below. Fundamentally it sounds as though from the description given by police the bicyclist(s) failed to yield while trying to turn left (or simply “crossing”) Thomas:

Woman on bicycle struck and killed in Phoenix

…According to Det. Luis Samudio with the Phoenix Police Department, the 42-year-old woman was riding a bicycle in the road near 32nd Street and Thomas Road at 8:30 p.m. when she was hit by a Jeep heading eastbound.

Samudio said the woman was doing circles in the center turn lane while waiting for traffic to clear when she entered the eastbound lanes and was hit.

A second bicyclist may have also been hit by the Jeep. Samudio said that bicyclist walked away from the crash, leaving their bicycle in the road. It is unknown whether that person was injured.

2nd Phoenix Fatality that day!

Around 7PM the same day motorcyclist Bill Mussell was killed in Phoenix along Thunderbird Road near I-17. That crash is describing a classic left cross where a car driver made a bad left across the path of the motorcyclist going straight ahead. azfamily.

The police are signaling that the driver will only be ticketed, presumably for failure to yield. Drivers in this scenario are intended to be chargable with “causing death by moving violation” but because of a quirk in Arizona’s “bad left” law ยง28-772, it only applies at intersections, not when turning at a private drive.

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  1. A bad left turn is a bad left turn. It should not matter what kind of entrance way – alley, driveway, etc.

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