Impairment Ruled Out as Factor in Early Morning Automobile Accident in Phoenix

Impairment was ruled out as the cause of a recent car accident in Phoenix.Arizona authorities worked to quell news over the weekend following a number of significant automobile accidents. Still, while police forces responded to a number of incidents, experts said that the total number of vehicle fatalities in the state has come down over the past year.

On the early morning of Saturday, September 17th, police were called to the scene of a vehicle crash involving a number of people, according to a report from ABC 15, a local affiliate. The Phoenix Police Department said that the incident in question occurred at 4 a.m.

Moreover, one person was killed as a result of injuries sustained during the accident, a police spokesperson affirmed.

According to police reports, officers responded Saturday to the scene on McDowell Road, located near 46th Street. Phoenix police Sergeant Trent Crump affirmed witness reports indicated a woman was operating her sport utility vehicle (SUV) westbound on McDowell Road at the time of the accident.

Sergeant Crump told reporters that the woman was attempting to turn onto the southbound State Route 143 at the time of the crash. Witnesses who were at the scene told police that the woman did not stop at a red left turn arrow signal when she moved to merge onto Route 143.

Following her alleged failure to do so, she turned left, striking a motorcycle rider who was traveling eastbound on McDowell Road. The motorcycle driver is said to have gone down prior to striking the woman operating the SUV, in what is believed to have been an attempt to prevent a crash.

However, the man operating the motorcycle, and the woman who was a passenger on it at the time, were both thrown from it. Sergeant Crump asserted neither the man operating the motorcycle nor the woman who was a passenger on it was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The person driving the motorcycle was described as a 22-year-old man who suffered fatal injuries. The passenger was a 21-year-old female, according to Sergeant Crump. She sustained critical injuries as a result of the incident, but she is expected to live, Crump said.

Police forces in Phoenix are continuing to investigate the accident, but Sergeant Crump said at this time, it is not believed that impairment was a factor in the automobile accident.

Phoenix police declined to release the identity of the 22-year-old male who was operating the motorcycle.