The new year has brought new challenges for those trying to keep Arizona
roads safe. From maintenance crews to transportation departments, an all
out effort is being made to make sure that Arizona drivers get to where
they're going safely. Of course, from time to time a
car accident still happens, as occurred recently near the city of Quartzite.
According to the La Paz County Sheriff's office, the driver accused
of being at fault in the accident was booked on multiple felony charges.
The driver, 58, is from Guadalupe. He was at the wheel of a semi-truck
heading westbound along Interstate 10 at the time of the accident.
Arizona's Department of Public Safety says that his semi-truck rear-ended
an SUV on Jan. 10 at around 4 a.m. The SUV had a family of seven inside.
When hit, it veered off the road and rolled over, resulting in the ejection
of two occupants. Those two, a man, 39, and a woman, 66, died at the scene.
The other five occupants of the vehicle that was hit were given medical
treatment at Phoenix's Maricopa County Medical Center. Their injuries
range from moderate to serious.
The man, according to the DPS, left the scene after the accident. Police
found him 0.5 miles away. He was taken into custody and examined by a
drug recognition expert, who determined that he was under the influence.
In this case, the driver will need an excellent attorney to advise him
on all his legal options. They way he approaches his defense will impact
the decisions a judge makes. Anyone accused of causing a car accident
should also get an attorney right away, and be fully prepared to defend
Source: Palo Verde Valley Times, "Friday crash claims two lives and sends Arizona man to jail" No author given, Jan. 15, 2014