Weekend Snow Storm Leaves Several Injured in Car Crashes Across Arizona

Weekend Snow Storm Leaves Several Injured in Car Crashes Across ArizonaThe desert snowstorm that hit Southwest America over the December 2-4 weekend left several drivers injured or killed in crashes around the state.

On Saturday, December 3, a one-car rollover accident on Interstate 17 left one person dead during the snowstorm, The Associated Press reports.

According to the news source, the wreck occurred shortly after 8 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-17 between Cordes Junction and Flagstaff. The Arizona Department of Public Safety stated that several people were riding in the sedan when it allegedly left the roadway and rolled twice before coming to rest.

The accident led authorities to close the interstate for many hours on Saturday after the snow and ice caused many other spin-outs and minor wrecks, however the DPS has not indicated if the fatal rollover accident was caused by the weather.

Kierin C. Aquila, an 18-year-old woman from Page, was killed in the accident, while four others were injured.

According to CBS 5, the Arizona Department of Public Safety stated Aquila was not wearing a seat belt when the Pontiac she was riding in, driven by 31-year-old Jeremih Shockey, allegedly lost control.

The next day, two more people were injured in a wreck in which both had to be extricated from the vehicle, ABC affiliate News 15 reports.

According to the media outlet, the two-car accident occurred on Sunday, December 4, in Tempe on Broadway Road near the intersection of Interstate 10.

Tempe Fire spokesman Phil Rohe stated that one of the victims suffered serious injuries, and although the other occupant also had to be cut out of the vehicle, the victim did not receive major injuries in the wreck. Both occupants were taken to hospitals in the region.

The driver in the second vehicle did not receive any medical treatment.

Investigators stated the cause of the accident has not been determined.

CBS affiliate KPHO 5 states another accident Sunday night injured two others on I-10 near Estrella Parkway. DPS officials were forced to shut down the highway as cleanup crews worked the scene, as cars were not slowing down when nearing the site.

The string of accidents continued in the Tucson area on Sunday, December 4, when a grandmother was seriously injured in Marana.

According to CBS affiliate KOLD, the 65-year-old woman was airlifted to a Tucson hospital with life-threatening injuries after the accident, which occurred at Picture Rocks Road and Sandario Road.

The media outlet states the wreck occurred at about 4:15 p.m. when a Toyota vehicle was allegedly struck by a large tractor trailer at the intersection. The truck driver was also taken to the hospital, though with non-life threatening injuries, said Prima County Sheriff’s spokesperson Dawn Barkman.

Reports indicate a 17-year-old girl was driving the Toyota with her grandmother in the passenger’s seat when the car was allegedly hit. The driver was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the news source stated.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were a total of 106,177 roadway accidents across the state in 2010. Of the total, 698 crashes resulted in fatalities, while another 33,195 caused reported injuries.

The most common type of collision among Arizona drivers was determined to be a rear-end crash, while the most common citation given after a wreck was speeding too fast for conditions.