Multiple-Car Accident Leaves One Man Dead in Arizona

Multiple-Car Accident Leaves One Man Dead in ArizonaA man from Mesa, Arizona, was killed in a multi-vehicle accident on Sunday, January 15, after becoming trapped in his car.

According to ABC affiliate News 15, officer reports show that the crash occurred in the area of Greenfield and Brown at about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Upon arrival, emergency responders found the man, 33-year-old Alberto Tarango, trapped inside his vehicle. The EMTs pronounced him dead at the scene.

Initial reports show Tarango was driving a black 2006 Scion xB in the far right lane of Greenfield road, traveling eastbound. The driver then allegedly failed to stop for the red light at the intersection and drove through, where he was hit by a large truck, the news provider stated.

Police say that once that collision occurred, both vehicles reportedly crashed into a red 1995 Lexus sedan, which had been waiting to turn from the westbound lanes of Brown Road onto northbound Greenfield Road.

No other fatalities or serious injuries were reported in the accident. Police stated that Tarango was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and drug or alcohol impairment is not likely to have been a contributing factor. However, investigators believe speed may have had a hand in the crash, as well as Tarango’s alleged failure to stop at a red light.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the most common driver violation that led to an accident in 2010 was speeding too fast for conditions. In total, there were 106,177 crashes across the state in 2010, which led to 782 fatalities and 50,110 injuries. Fatal accidents in urban areas totaled 380, compared to 382 in rural areas.