String of Car Crashes Leave One Dead, Another Injured

String of Car Crashes Leave One Dead, Another InjuredA slew of car crashes have taken place in the last week resulting in fatalities and injuries, with charges arising in some instances.

In Phoenix, one accident seriously injured an elderly woman and led officials to shut down a portion of the road on which she was driving, the Arizona Republic reports.

According to the media outlet, the 90-year-old woman suffered serious injuries in an accident that occurred at the intersection of 31st Avenue and Thunderbird Road in the evening hours of Tuesday, November 15. Phoenix police officials stated that the woman was driving in her 2004 Toyota in the southbound lanes of 31st Avenue when she allegedly drove through the intersection while the light was still red.

The woman then reportedly crashed into a 2007 Jeep, driven by a 29-year-old woman, that was traveling through the light at the same time in the westbound lanes of Thunderbird Road.

Police told the news provider that the elderly woman was rushed to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries, and that the crash may have been the result of a medical episode. The driver of the Jeep did not suffer major injuries, but was transported to the hospital out of precaution.

Cleanup crews closed the intersection for several hours as they cleared the street of debris from the crash.

Another crash involving an Arizona man was determined to be caused by drunk driving and led to the death of one woman, the Centre Daily Times reports.

The news provider states that police have charged the man with driving under the influence after a crash in College Township, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, November 13, led to the death of Mary Tydin Miller, a 25-year-old from Canton, Ohio.

Law enforcement officials at State College stated that Juan A. Padilla, a 41-year-old from Nogales, Arizona, was determined to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.203 percent at the time of the crash, which occurred at the intersection of Shiloh Road and the Benner Pike.

Miller was a passenger in the sedan that allegedly collided with the pickup truck driven by Padilla at about 6:15 p.m.

Although Padilla was charged with DUI for driving with a BAC more than double the legal limit, police are still investigating exactly who caused the crash.

Deputy Coroner Scott Rawson pronounced Miller dead at the scene, with multiple blunt trauma listed as the official cause of death. The two other occupants in the sedan were taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center, although police stated they suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The crashes continued in Tempe, where a school bus accident on Loop 101 caused a major traffic jam for morning commuters, according to ABC affiliate News 15.

The collision occurred at about 6:20 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, on northbound Loop 1010 at Elliot Road and involved several vehicles, however the Arizona Department of Public Safety sated that no injuries were reported in the accident.

According to the news provider, the bus was a part of the Tempe Union High School District. The crash caused a major backup on the road after officials dropped the highway down to one lane, lasting almost three hours.

The accident is currently under investigation, as police stated the cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were a total of 106,177 crashes throughout the state in 2010, 698 of which resulted in the death of motorists.