Former Sierra Vista Mayor Killed in Car Crash

by Administrator 27. April 2010 03:52

A former Sierra Vista mayor has died following a traffic accident Monday. 

 

According to a release from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, 61 year-old Michael Schade was killed shortly after midnight Sunday morning in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate-10. Schade was returning to Sierra Vista from an Arizona Diamonbacks game when the fatal accident occurred, police say.

 

Officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety said the drivers and passengers of the two other vehicles involved were uninjured. Police say the crash remains under investigation. 

 

Schade served as a Sierra Vista city councilman from 1979 to 1981 and as mayor from 1981 to 1983.

 

 

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Multiple Car Pileup Closes 101 Freeway

by Administrator 19. April 2010 03:30

At least four vehicles were involved in a collision on the 101 freeway near the Elliot Road exit in Tempe Friday.

 

According to officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, at least four vehicles were involved in the crash, with at least two of them rolled over. Police say the crash occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. Friday. 

 

Preliminary investigation indicates that the drivers involved in the wreck were not paying attention due to another minor crash in the area. Officials with the Arzona DPS could not comment on any injuries sustained in the crash. 

 

The collision closed all northbound lanes on the Loop 101.

 

Car accidents can have a devastating impact on the lives of the victims and their families. If you or someone you love have been involved in a Phoenix car accident, it is important to understand all the rights available to a victim in the wake of a crash. Please contact a Phoenix auto accident lawyer of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. by calling 800-763-0964.

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1 Killed, 2 Injured in Phoenix Car Accident

by Administrator 19. April 2010 03:15

A Raynham woman was killed and two others injured in a two-vehicle crash in Sedona, Thursday.

 

According to officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, 69 year-old Mary Ann Anderson, of 534 King St, was pronounced dead at a hospital after the Ford sedan she was a passenger in collided with another vehicle on state Route 89a in Sedona. The driver of the ford, 65 year-old East Taunton resident, Allen Wheeler, was not injured in the crash. Officials say 63 year-old Diane Wheeler, also of East Taunton, was admitted to a hospital for injuries, the nature and extent of which are not known.

 

The driver of the second vehicle, 44 year-old Reynaldo Garcia Arroyo, of Cottonwood, was uninjured in the wreck.

 

Investigators said the Phoenix car crash occurred shortly before 1:00 p.m. Thursday, when the southbound car driven by Wheeler turned left across the road in front of Arroyo's red Honda SUV.

 

 

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Man Gets 23 Year Sentence for Fatal Phoenix Car Crash

by Administrator 19. April 2010 02:55

A man has been sentenced to 23 and a half years in prison for charges stemming from a fatal alcohol-related car crash in Phoenix on Christmas Eve 2007.

 

According to Maricopa County prosecutors, 32 year-old Christopher Smith claimed he was sleepwalking when he got into his car and crashed head-on into a mini-van carrying four people on December 24, 2007. One person inside the vehicle was killed and three others were seriously injured, authorities say.

 

Smith was convicted of second-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault. According to officials with the Phoenix Police Department, Smith had a blood alcohol level of .20 percent at the time of the crash, 2.5 times the legal limit to operate a vehicle in Arizona of .08.

 

Car accidents can have a devastating impact on the lives of the victims and their families. If you or someone you love have been involved in a Phoenix car accident, it is important to understand all the rights available to a victim in the wake of a crash. Please contact a Phoenix personal injury lawyer of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. by calling 800-763-0964.

AZ Driver Claims Runaway Prius Almost Killed a Man

by Administrator 13. April 2010 02:39

A driver in Valley, Arizona claims his runaway Prius nearly killed a man last month. 

 

"It was one of the scariest incidents I have ever been in," Chuck Schmeiser said. He is speaking of an incident that occurred last month in his two-year-old Toyota Prius.  While trying to park in a field at a music festival, Schmeiser says his Prius shot forward, struck a parking lot attendant, and veered out of control over a dirt embankment. "It happened so fast. It was instantaneous. There was no advance warning whatsoever," he said.

 

"M foot was on the brake to stop the car when it started to surge. All I did was press the brake as hard as I could," Schmeiser said. "That brake did not stop the car."

 

Schmeiser had his car towed to a dealership. A specialist was brought in to examine the vehicle and determined the incident occurred due to driver error. Schmeiser says he did nothing wrong. He says he was skeptical of other reports of runaway cars, but the incident changed his mind. 

 

"We had talked about it, and said they must be doing something wrong... and until it happens to you, you realize they weren't doing anything wrong, it's the car."

 

If your or someone you know has been injured in an Arizona car accident, please contact a Phoenix personal injury lawyer of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964 to learn about protecting your rights.

Lake Havasu Woman Struck, Killed, While Laying in Roadway

by Administrator 13. April 2010 02:21

An unidentified woman from Lake Havasu City died early Sunday morning after she was struck by a vehicle on North Kiowa Boulevard. 

 

According to officials with the Lake Havasu City Police Department, the woman and  a man were arguing somewhere near the roadway shortly before 2:00 a.m Sunday.   Lake Havasu City police sergeant Joe Harrold said "the female was laying in the westbound traffic lane of North Kiowa Boulevard." Officers say they do not know why the woman was laying in the street, but the accident remains under investigation. 

 

Harrold said 27 year-old John Lindsay was traveling westbound on North Kiowa Boulevard in his 1992 Buick at the time of the accident. "Mr. Lindsay's vehicle approached the area, and the female suddenly sat up - at which time Mr. Lindsay realized it was a person and attempted to brake and swerve to avoid her," Harrold said. "Alcohol was not a factor with the driver. There were no signs of impairment or of mechanical defects with the vehicle."

 

Lindsay's left front bumper struck the woman and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Under the law, every driver has an obligation to be aware of the safety of others on the road, including other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. If another person's failure to fulfill this obligation has led to your injuries, contact a Phoenix personal injury lawyer of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964 to learn about protecting your rights.

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Do Speed Cameras Cause Accidents?

by Administrator 13. April 2010 02:12

A new website based in Arizona has begun using freedom of information laws to obtain examples of car accidents that would not have occurred but for the presence of a speed camera van. 

 

The group, known as CameraFraud, recently released a video of a car accident on State Route 202, which they claim was caused by a speed camera van. The video, shot on March 17th shortly before 4:00 p.m., shows a 2005 Ford SUV traveling through the city of gilbert at 65 miles per hour. As the 32 year-old driver of the SUV approaches a speed van, he quickly brakes and slows to 35 miles per hour. 

 

A 22 year-old in a red 2008 Pontiac G6 was following behind the Ford, who was not speeding, changed lanes to the right. As a result the two vehicles collided just a few yards from a Redflex speed camera van. 

 

According to CameraFraud, incidents of this nature are not uncommon. A study conducted by Arizona State University, in 2007, concluded there was a 54 percent increase in rear-end collisions, and a 9 percent increase in injuries from a rear-end collision on the Loop 101 freeway, the site of Arizona's first experiment with automated ticketing. 

 

Under the law, every driver has an obligation to be aware of the safety of others on the road, including other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. If another person's failure to fulfill this obligation has led to your injuries, contact a Phoenix personal injury lawyer of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964 to learn about protecting your rights.

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