Two Killed on Same Phoenix Road in Span of Hours

Two Killed on Same Phoenix Road in Span of HoursA number of people were killed in the Phoenix area over the course of the days leading up to Halloween.

At least three people were killed in separate incidents in Phoenix on Saturday night leading up to Sunday morning.

Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson said that at around 8 p.m. on Saturday a 28-year-old man was killed while crossing North Cave Creek Road, reports KPHO, a CBS affiliate. According to reports, the man, who has not yet been identified, was crossing the street in the middle of the block when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle.

Thompson said that the 31-year-old driver of the vehicle remained at the scene following the incident, reports ABC 15.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, 155 pedestrians were killed in the state in 2010 as a result of motor vehicle crashes. Of those 155, 118 were men, representing more than 76 percent of the total victims. In addition, 18 were between the ages of 25 and 34, and 87 were killed when crossing the road.

Later in the evening, a 24-year-old female was killed in a motorcycle crash. According to reports the incident also occurred on North Cave Creek Road. According to ABC 15, Hailey B. McElroy drove off the roadway and hit a pole a little past midnight. She was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.

There were 83 fatal motorcycle crashes in Arizona in 2010, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Eighty-six people were killed in these incidents.

This figure represents a substantial decline over the course of just a few years. In 2006, there were 156 motorcycle fatalities. This drop in fatalities comes when the amount of motorcycle registrations in the Grand Canyon State increased by more than 28,300 between 2006 and 2010.

Thompson, the police sergeant, told the news source that McElroy was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.

Helmets are essential in preventing fatalities for motorcycle operators and their passengers. They are 37 percent effective in preventing death for motorcycle riders, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In total, 149 people were killed as the result of motor vehicle crashes in Phoenix in 2010, according to figures from the Arizona Department of Transportation.