Car Runs Red Light, Kills 1 in Scottsdale

Scottsdale Police responded to a collision on Thursday that proved deadly before too long. Located near the intersection of Frank Lloyd Wright and East Raintree Drive, it appears that a driver running a red light caused a three car crash that claimed the life of another drivedr.

Police state that a Honda Ridgeline was driving eastbound on Frank Lloyd Wright, approaching the intersection with Raintree Drive. Eastbound traffic had a red light but the Honda driver did not slow or stop for the red. Instead, the driver entered the intersection and collided with a a Chevy pick up truck that was intending to turn left onto Raintree. The impact of the collision sent the pickup truck spinning and then it crashed into a Nissan.

Emergency crews responded to the scene of the crash shortly after impact. The driver of the Honda was uninjured and the driver of the Chevy suffered only minor injuries. The driver of the Nissan was not as lucky. The 57-year-old man suffered critical injuries and was transported to Scottsdale Health Care Osborn where he was later pronounced dead.

It does not appear that police have issued any citations at this point but they are expected to do so at some point. They have not released why the first driver ran the red light or what charges he may face.

The alleged at-fault driver in this case failed to obey a red light and failed to yield the right-of-way to opposing traffic. As a result, a collision occurred that resulted in the death of an innocent driver. When this happens, the at-fault driver may face traffic and even criminal charges, depending on the accident, but the driver may also be faced with a civil claim.

A civil claim allows an injured motorist to recover for any damages they sustained in an accident that was caused by another. The law provides for these actions to put the injured victims back in the position they were before the accident occurred. This means that a victim can bring a claim for any expenses they incur, including medical bills and lost wages, against a person, insurance company, or other entity.

In failure to yield accidents, there can be a lot of debate about who is at fault. These cases often involve a “he said, she said” situation that can lead insurance companies to deny valid claims. This is why you should consider retaining a personal injury lawyer to help you through the process.

At Abels & Annes, P.C., we are Phoenix car accident lawyers with experience representing clients in all types of claims, including failure to yield. We provide a free case consultation 24 hours a day to victims of accident and we make it our business to help those who have been hurt. If you have been injured, call us today at (602) 819-5191 and let us fight for a recovery you deserve.

Prior Blog Entries:

Jaywalking is an Increasing Threat to Safety in Phoenix, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 23, 2013.

Potential for Charges in Scottsdale Crash that Killed Child, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 22, 2013.


PD: 1 killed in multi-vehicle collision in Scottsdale, by Josh Frigerio,, published June 20, 2013.