Arizona Accidents Lead to Multiple Fatalities, Injuries

Arizona Accidents Lead to Multiple Fatalities, InjuriesSeveral traffic accidents led to multiple deaths throughout Arizona in the last week, including motorcycle crashes and car accidents.

According to the Tucson Citizen, one motorcyclist was killed in Phoenix in a crash involving a second vehicle. The accident occurred on Wednesday, March 21. Phoenix Police spokesman Tommy Thompson stated that initial investigations show a Honda Pilot driven by an unidentified 39-year-old man was attempting to make a left turn onto 40th Street from Shea Boulevard when it allegedly crashed into a motorcycle, driven by John Patrick Green, 33. The crash occurred at about 8:30 p.m., Thompson told the news source.

Green was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries. Investigators stated that the man was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Thompson stated that the driver of the vehicle and both of his passengers were unharmed in the accident.

After testing the driver of the Honda, police eliminated the possibility of impairment as a contributing factor in the crash. The incident is still under investigation by the Phoenix Police Department.

In Chandler, Arizona, and 18-year-old man was killed in a crash involving two vehicles, ABC affiliate News 15 reports.

According to the media outlet, Chandler Police spokesman Seth Tyler stated that the crash occurred Thursday night at the corner of Pecos Road and Emmet Drive. The 18-year-old driver was killed in the crash, while the three people in the second vehicle received medical treatment for minor injuries. Authorities are still looking into the cause of the accident.

A third accident involved a lieutenant colonel from San Marcos, Texas, who was killed while he was walking along Highway 90 near the entrance of Fort Huachuca, NBC affiliate KXAN reports.

The news source states Specialist Jonathan S. Thomas was walking along the highway near Milepost 315 when he was allegedly struck and killed by a motorist. Thomas worked as a Satellite Communication Systems Operator Maintainer at the fort in Arizona.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 106,177 accidents throughout the state in 2010, 698 of which were fatal, while 33,195 resulted in injuries. This total number includes 2,735 motorcycle accidents, which resulted in 86 fatalities and another 2,390 injured riders. There were 1,449 accidents involving pedestrians that year.