Arizona Pedestrian Accident Leaves One Woman Dead

Arizona Pedestrian Accident Leaves One Woman DeadA recent pedestrian accident in Arizona has claimed the life of one elderly woman and injured her young grandson.

According to CBS affiliate KPHO 5, the Phoenix Fire Department announced on Sunday, December 18, that they had responded to an accident in which a 65-year-old grandmother and her 6-year-old grandson were struck by a vehicle while crossing the street.

Fire Captain Nate Smith told the news provider that the grandmother was pushing the boy in a stroller on Devonshire Avenue, near 12th Street and Indian School, when a driver allegedly hit the two pedestrians.

Reports show there was damage to the front of the minivan, with a dent in the fender and cracks in the glass of the windshield. The investigation has found that speed may have been a contributing factor in the crash, and that after the accident, the driver did stop for questioning.

Officials stated the two were not on a crosswalk.

“People can get killed crossing the street. Drivers are not necessarily paying attention, pedestrians are not necessarily paying attention, bad things can happen,” said Smith.

According to ABC affiliate News 15, the woman was taken to a hospital in Phoenix, but later died of her injuries. Officer James Holmes stated the incident occurred at about 12:30 p.m., and noted the deceased victim’s name was Belva Masaquaptewa.

Masaquaptewa was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital with serious injuries, where she was later pronounced dead. The boy was taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where he is currently listed with non-life threatening injuries. The boy, Jose Julian Reyes, has had to receive multiple surgeries for internal injuries, although officials say he is expected to make a full recovery.

Family members told the media outlet that the two were on their way to the grocery store to buy ingredients to make Christmas cookies, and that Masaquaptewa used her body to block the boy from being struck by the car.

Initial reports indicate the 67-year-old male driver was not impaired when the crash occurred, and he was not charged with any traffic violations.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, of the total 106,177 car accidents across the state in 2010, 1,449, or 1.36 percent, involved pedestrians. In those accidents, 155 pedestrians were killed, while another 1,178 were injured.