Driver plows into I-17 crash scene, killing motorcyclist, Good Samaritan

  • By 7044743778
  • 02 May, 2017
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Two people are dead following a multi-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 17  on Monday morning, according to officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  The crash occurred at approximately 5:05 a.m. at Yorkshire Drive, near Union Hills Drive.

According to DPS, they received a report of a motorcycle down.  DPS officials say that three vehicles stopped to help the motorcyclist.

Afterward, a fourth vehicle came into the scene, striking the bystanders and the motorcyclist.  The motorcyclist and a female bystander were killed.  Two other people were transported to the nearest hospital in critical condition.

Another person was treated but refused transport.  DPS officials say that person is talking with investigators.  A separate crash involving a semi-truck that was jackknifed is also causing heavy traffic on the northbound side of the freeway in the same area.  For a time, all I-17 southbound traffic was diverted onto the Loop 101 while northbound traffic was restricted to two lanes.

Two left lanes and the HOV lane at southbound I-17 were reopened after 10:20 a.m.  Trooper Karmeron Lee with DPS said they are ruling out impairment as a factor of the crash.  "What is going to boil down is driver error," he said.  "Most of our collisions are driver error. We are questioning the driver of the vehicle that ran into the scene to figure out exactly what was going on."

GoFundMe account  has been set up for the good Samaritan's family.  

At Garrison Law Firm, our thoughts and condolences are with the families of the deceased. Over the past 25 years attorney Kevin Garrison has represented numerous clients that have either been injured or lost loved ones due to car collisions.   Garrison Law Firm can provide expert legal representation in the event of your loved one being injured or killed due to the negligence of another person.  

By 7044743778 18 Aug, 2017

Over the past several years, Arizona highways have been home to numerous wrong-way collisions, many of which result in fatalities. Jason Pohl of The Republic details both the tragic events and a new possible solution to wrong-way collisions in his article Closures planned, work begins on wrong-way driver system on I-17 in Phoenix. Pohl illuminates some somber statistics such as, “91 fatalities were the result of 245 wrong-way collisions on Arizona divided highways from 2004 to 2014.” Furthermore, “10 fatalities resulted from 69 wrong-way collisions on Arizona highways this year.” To make matters worst, most of the collisions were caused by intoxicated drivers. As stated in the article, the high death toll and number of serious injuries has prompted ADOT to take action. Therefore, work on a new thermal-camera project costing $3.7 million is currently in progress.

The new thermal-camera project uses the latest technology and is the first of its kind. Experts have isolated the I-17 as especially problematic for wrong collisions, and thus the detection system will extended alongside the highway for 15 miles. Experts also recognized that wrong collisions are not an isolated incident, thus future plans for other problematic highways are likely to come. The new system works in three different ways. First, a wrong-way sign will illuminate and flash when a driver passes by the cameras on the highway off ramp. Next, once a wrong-way driver detection is made; DPS and ADOT are immediately altered. The third means of prevention is by signaling other motorists of a wrong-way driving by using the overhead message boards. Construction on the new system will begin this weekend and therefore will cause freeway closures.

Although many wrong-way collisions will be avoided, the system is far from perfect. Due to immense costs, many dangerous stretches of highways will be without the new system for the time being. Drivers should remain especially vigilant during the early hours of the morning on highways lacking the new thermal-camera system. Attorney Kevin Garrison has represented numerous car collision victims and their families over the past 25 years. Garrison Law Firm provides clients with expert legal representation. Should you or a loved by injured on the roadways Garrison Law Firm can assist you.

By 7044743778 27 Jul, 2017

http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/270095146-story

An early Tuesday morning collision in Flagstaff claimed the life of a wrong-way driver, as well as injured three others. The deceased was driving his pickup in the wrong direction on the I-40 before he collided with another passenger vehicle. What followed was a cascade of crashes involving multiple vehicles, some of which struck the debris after the original collision. The wrong-way driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

 Wrong-way collisions are a serious and increasing problem in Arizona. Such collisions often result in fatalities, while injuring many others. Officials at the Arizona department of transportation are vigorously working on solutions to the problem. Over the past 25 years Attorney Kevin Garrison has handled many car collision cases. Garrison Law provides victims and their families with expert legal representation.

By 7044743778 25 Jul, 2017

http://www.azfamily.com/story/35905891/2-people-dead-in-plane-crash-on-mesa-golf-course#.WW18VEfbXYI.email

A tragic plane crash on Monday July 17, 2017 claimed the lives of Alan Ram and Krista Buchanan. The small plane was experiencing mechanical problems, and thus was unable to land at the airport only half a mile away. The result of the complications was a crash landing on the 10th hole of the Longbow Golf Club near Falcon Field. The plane was destroyed on impact, thus killing Ram and Buchannan. Although several people were playing on the course at the time, none of the golfers or club staff was injured.

Garrison Law Firm mourns the loss of both Alan Ram and Krista Buchannan. Our condolences go out to their families. Whether a malfunction occurs in a plane or another vehicle, mechanical malfunctions are a serious problem that claims the lives of many people each year. Over the past 25 years attorney Kevin Garrison has represented many victims of vehicular malfunctions and collisions. When tragedy strikes, Garrison Law Firm can provide you with expert legal representation.

By 7044743778 18 Jul, 2017

http://www.nursinghomeabuseguide.org

Deciding to put parents in a nursing home is not an easy decision. Too often the children and grandchildren of the ailing and elderly face this difficult decision. Ideally, parents and grandparents are placed in a facility that both treats them with respect and handles them with care. Although many nursing homes succeed in performing a necessary and needed role in society, others fall far short of the their duties. Some nursing homes are ripe for abuse and neglect, which puts loved ones at even further risk in their last and most vulnerable years.

Nursinghomeabuseguide.org provides readers with an excellent source of information regarding nursing home abuse and neglect. As stated on the webpage, the cause of elder abuse is difficult to nail down. In fact, there are many causes. Among which are: “the quality of the nursing home and staff, personal issues of families, patients, and caregivers, as well as larger societal issues and influences. Naturally, nursinghomeabuseguide.org suggests that one thoroughly research any and all available nursing homes before placing mom or dad in the care of such facilities.

A prevalent factor to consider is whether a particular facility is understaffed. An inadequately staffed facility suffers from a variety of problems. Most obvious is the possibility of neglect, since caregivers are unable to give each patient the time and attention they deserve. Neglect is especially troubling for the elderly since it gives rise to a host of problems such a falls and bedsores. The webpage elaborates on the problems associated with poorly staffed facilities. Caregivers in such facilities are often overworked and stressed. Both factors contribute to the poor treatment of patients and ultimately abuse. Furthermore, poor staffed facilities often lack the time and resources to properly train caregivers, and or provide patients with adequate care.

Elder abuse can take on many forms: Alzheimer’s abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and psychological abuse. Unfortunately some types of abuse are harder to detect than others. Sexual abuse is often overlooked due to the age of patients. Claims of psychological and emotional abuse are too often dismissed, especially when patients are experiencing fragile mental states. Exploiting the poor mental condition of patients for financial gain is common not only among caregivers, but family members as well. Financial exploitation is disguised in the form of miscellaneous facility chargers, and or well-intentioned gifts or loans. Above all, those with loved ones in nursing home facilities need to remain vigilant.

In addition to research, the webpage lays out other recommendations to ensure that a loved one is not victimized. It is best to place a loved one in a facility that specializes in the treatment of the particular aliment or aliments that the elderly family member is experiencing. Next, it is always prudent to regularly check in on the family member and staff of the facility on different days and times. One should not be afraid to ask uncomfortable question or express concerns. Lastly, speaking to the family members of other patients provides one with additional knowledge to better collaborate the quality or lack of care that a loved one is receiving.

If one discovers that a family member is being abused, seeking legal representation is prudent. Over the past 25 years, Attorney Kevin Garrison has represented numerous nursing home abuse clients. Garrison Law Firm ensures that nursing homes are held accountable by providing victims and their families with expert legal representation.

By 7044743778 23 Jun, 2017
http://www.12news.com/news/local/valley/79-year-old-woman-dies-after-wandering-away-from-alzheimers-unit/451563222

This is an extremely sad situation and a completely preventable death.  Kevin Garrison  and his team have handled cases like this and hold nursing homes accountable for mistakes such as this. Condolences to the family of Ms. Parra
By 7044743778 14 Jun, 2017

As anyone that loves talking about cars knows; most lengthy discussions on the subject will often contain the phrase, “they don’t make them like they used to.” The phrase applies to a wide array of vehicle characteristics such as style, reliability, feel, etc. Of particular interest to this article is how driver safety relates to the size of a given vehicle. Without question, improvements in seat-belt, airbag, and sensor technology have improved driver safety, though the trend to make small and lighter vehicles places drivers at greater risks of fatal collisions.

Although smaller and lighter vehicles have the allures of lower costs both to due to better gas mileage and lower sticker prices, the very same vehicles are costing drivers much more in the long run. In his article 7 of the deadliest cars on the road, Jerry Edgerton of CBS News displays statistics showing the number of fatal collisions per vehicle type (a full list of vehicle comparisons is accessible through the link above). Not shockingly, vehicles that fall under the classification of “small” or “mini” have the highest rate of driver deaths. Conversely, SUVs and vehicles classified as “large” have the lowest rate of driver deaths. Midsize vehicles bridge the gap with certain makes and models being safer than others.

Edgerton goes on to compare the two extremes, luxury SUVs and mini-cars. The statistics maintain that a fatal collision is 15 times more likely in mini-cars. Edgerton also points out that published crash test ratings can be misleading. Such tests pull data from collisions involving vehicles of the same size and type, whereas collisions on the street do not share the same uniformity. Fatal collision often involve vehicles are different sizes. Lastly, Edgerton points out that other factors such as impairment, distraction, and larger number of drivers on the roadways are responsible for recent increases in fatal collisions.

As with any car collision, it is always prudent to consult with an attorney before talking to the insurance companies. Those that are injured in a car collision often unknowingly hurt their case by going directly to the insurance companies. Garrison Law Firm has represented numerous car collision victims. Attorney Kevin Garrison has over 25 years of experience specializing in personal injury claims. When tragedy strikes, Garrison Law Firm can provide you with expert legal representation.   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/7-of-the-deadliest-cars-on-the-road/

By 7044743778 08 Jun, 2017

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/two-dead-wrong-way-crash-arizona-department-of-transportation-9395112


In a recent article by Sean Holstege of the Phoenix New Times online publication, video footage of the driver responsible for Tuesday’s fatal wrong way collision is displayed. In addition, the driver of the red sedan responsible for the collision is identified as 56-year-old Ronald Wayne Mollenahuer. Mollenahuer was driving erratically as he exited Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Moments later, he entered the I-10 traveling in the wrong direction before he struck and killed 54-year-old Young Lee. A third car was involved in the collision. The driver of the third vehicle survived, though was rushed to the hospital.

The collision shut down the roadways for several hours and prompted delays. Holstege points out in his article that the collision marks the, “third fatal wrong-way collision in the last 53 days.” Also mentioned, is that Maricopa Country has experienced a significantly large number of fatal wrong-way collisions in recent years. Arizona Department of Transportation is rushing to implement further measures to prevent wrong-way collisions in the wake of Tuesday’s tragic incident.

Lastly, Holstege points out the grim statistic that, “25% of wrong-way collisions are fatal, and that wrong-way collisions are 25 times more likely to be fatal than typical car collisions. He maintains that impairment; especially impairment involving very high levels of blood-alcohol content are often the catalyst for such collisions. Garrison Law Firm mourns the loss of Young Lee, and our condolences go out to the Lee Family. Over the past 25 years, attorney Kevin Garrison has represented many victims of serious and some times fatal car accidents. Should you or a loved one be injured or killed on the roadways, Garrison Law Firm can provide you with expert legal representation.  

By 7044743778 02 Jun, 2017

Not all vehicles are created equal. Common road conditions and obstructions often pose little threat to drivers in cars or trucks, but can cause serious injury or death to motorcyclists. Many fatal collisions occur when motorcyclists lose their balance and or control of their bikes’ when encountering a slick surface. Often times such occurrences happen when the motorcyclist is making a turn. One of the most obvious hazards is a wet road, which cause hydroplaning. Additionally, freshly painted surfaces or oil create slick and dangerous driving surfaces.  

Other than slick road surfaces, common obstructions can cause fatal injuries. While large animals such as elk seriously injure or kill motorcyclists and truck drivers alike, much smaller animals can seriously injure motorcyclist while leaving those in trucks and cars largely unaffected. Furthermore, common elements such as railroad tracks and roads under construction pose a much more serious risk to motorcyclists as opposed to those in cars or trucks.

The best ways for motorcyclists to avoid crashes are proper training and constant vigilance. More immediate precautions are; driving at slower speeds, avoiding heavy traffic, delaying rides due to poor weather conditions, and maintain safe distances from other vehicles. If a motorcyclist is injured due to a hazard in the road, fault is divided along a public vs. private distinction. The city and or state are most often responsible for clearing public roads, and or providing warning signs. In the event that an object is dislodged for another vehicle or negligently placed in the road by a business or homeowner, that private individual business or entity is often at fault.

Should you or a loved one be injured on the roadways, Garrison Law Firm can provide you with expert legal representation. In over 25 years of experience, attorney Kevin Garrison has represented many motorcycle collision victims and their families. When tragedy strikes, Garrison Law Firm is there for you.

By 7044743778 02 May, 2017
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Two people are dead following a multi-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 17  on Monday morning, according to officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  The crash occurred at approximately 5:05 a.m. at Yorkshire Drive, near Union Hills Drive.

According to DPS, they received a report of a motorcycle down.  DPS officials say that three vehicles stopped to help the motorcyclist.

Afterward, a fourth vehicle came into the scene, striking the bystanders and the motorcyclist.  The motorcyclist and a female bystander were killed.  Two other people were transported to the nearest hospital in critical condition.

Another person was treated but refused transport.  DPS officials say that person is talking with investigators.  A separate crash involving a semi-truck that was jackknifed is also causing heavy traffic on the northbound side of the freeway in the same area.  For a time, all I-17 southbound traffic was diverted onto the Loop 101 while northbound traffic was restricted to two lanes.

Two left lanes and the HOV lane at southbound I-17 were reopened after 10:20 a.m.  Trooper Karmeron Lee with DPS said they are ruling out impairment as a factor of the crash.  "What is going to boil down is driver error," he said.  "Most of our collisions are driver error. We are questioning the driver of the vehicle that ran into the scene to figure out exactly what was going on."

GoFundMe account  has been set up for the good Samaritan's family.  

At Garrison Law Firm, our thoughts and condolences are with the families of the deceased. Over the past 25 years attorney Kevin Garrison has represented numerous clients that have either been injured or lost loved ones due to car collisions.   Garrison Law Firm can provide expert legal representation in the event of your loved one being injured or killed due to the negligence of another person.  

More Posts
Share by: