Accident Injures Woman on Highway Under State Scrutiny

Accident Injures Woman on Highway Under State ScrutinyA woman had to be flown to a Tucson hospital in medical helicopter after allegedly being hit by a car on a highway corridor that is currently under safety review by the Arizona Department of Transportation.

According to the Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista police responded to the accident, which occurred at the intersection of Highway 90 and Rainbow Way, at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 9. Corporal Brian Sebastian said the woman was allegedly hit by a mid-sized sedan traveling westbound on Highway 90 as she crossed the road.

The woman had to be airlifted to University Medical Center for apparent head injuries, Sebastian stated.

No charges have been issued against the driver, however the accident is currently being investigated by the local authorities.

The incident took place on a stretch of road AZDOT is currently reviewing, as several wrecks and pedestrian collisions have reportedly taken place along the highway, between its intersection with Highway 92 and Avenida Del Sol, the media outlet stated.

According to the Ahwatukee Foothills News, AAA Arizona is currently celebrating its 85th anniversary, and while it says it has seen much success in improving Arizona's roads, "unfortunately, more work remains to be done."

The organization says it will continue to advocate roadway safety in the state further into 2012, expanding on previous successes and keeping the momentum.

"Improving the safety of our roadways remains a core government function," AAA Arizona said in a release. "We all have a reasonable expectation that traffic laws represent the most updated research available and that one person's reckless road actions aren't allowed to jeopardize the life of another person."

AAA plans to continue to support enactment of a state prohibition on texting while driving, as the act has proven to be one of the most dangerous distractions drivers engage in. Also, it has teamed up with the medical community and child safety advocates to improve outdated child passenger laws.

Currently, Arizona is only one of three states that do not require children to be placed in booster seats, despite the vast amount of research that suggests improper use of adult seat belts on small children can lead to series injuries.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 698 fatal injuries in the state in 2010, and 33,195 crashes that led to injury.