Investigators believe alcohol was factor in Carefree Highway accident

A two-car accident closed a portion of Carefree Highway between Seventh and 23rd avenues Wednesday morning.

It happened at about 12:40 a.m.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department, a 39-year-old woman in a 2005 Mitsubishi was driving west in the eastbound lanes of the divided roadway. That Mitsubishi collided with a 2005 Kia Spectra driven by a 22-year-old woman.

The woman in the Kia reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries and was air-lifted to a local hospital. She was in extremely critical condition at last check.

The woman in the Mitsubishi suffered serious injuries but not life-threatening.

Police have not released the names of the women.

According to Thompson, investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Aerial video from the scene showed the badly mangled cars with debris scattered all over the roadway. While the accident happened in the eastbound lanes of the Carefree Highway, the westbound lanes were blocked by the wreckage.

Thompson said the closure would likely remain in place until at least noon.

Westbound drivers were being advised to take Seventh Street north to Desert Hills and then Desert Hills to 27th Avenue. From there they can get back on the Carefree Highway. Eastbound drivers should do the opposite – 27th Avenue to Desert Hills to Seventh Street and then back to the Carefree Highway.

Young girl killed and brother in a coma after accident near PV mall

A young girl is dead and her teenage brother in a coma after a devastating accident outside the Paradise Valley Mall early Saturday morning.

The mother of those two children, Melia Shumaker spoke to 3TV from her hospital bed on Tuesday.

She is very much in shock over losing her daughter.

Destiny Kimble, 11, was killed and her older brother Riley, 25, is fighting for his life.

Meanwhile, Barry Jordan, the man accused of barreling through a Phoenix intersection against a red light asked a judge to let him go.

Jordan was allegedly behind the wheel of the truck that sped through a red light on Saturday morning, crashing into three cars.

Jordan is already facing a previous child prostitution charge.

Recent court paperwork showed Jordan may be mentally disturbed. After Saturday’s crash he got out of his vehicle from the passenger side window and began yelling about Jesus and Satan.

In his initial court appearance Jordan suggested something was wrong with his truck.

“I also need to get a Toyota expert to look at the vehicle and the pedal and the floor,” he said.

Shumaker is recovering from a broken collar bone and broken ribs, but her heart will take longer to heal.  She wasn’t told until yesterday, that Destiny died at the scene of the crash.

“She loved attention, she was very intelligent, very observant things didn’t get past that girl,” Shumaker said.

Shumaker had just moved her kids back from Illinois on Friday and was looking for a home when the accident happened.

She said even though her baby is gone, she somehow believes in miracles.

“I’m alive and I’m breathing, hopefully we can say the same for Riley,” she said.

The family said Riley suffered a critical brain injury and remains in critical condition.


Police officer killed in car accident near Safford

A police officer died in a car accident Sunday afternoon while driving to a meeting.

Officer Aaron Peru, 26, with the San Carlos Police Department died in a wreck along Highway 70.

A spokesperson with the Bureau of Indian Affairs said Peru was driving to a mandatory meeting when the trailer from another vehicle came loose and crashed head-on into the officer’s car.

The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. west of Safford.

Peru had only been on the force for 30 days before he was killed.

Funeral services are pending.


1 dead, 2 injured in Mesa head-on accident

Police say alcohol may be to blame for a deadly accident involving six vehicles in Mesa late Monday morning.

According to Sgt. Ed Wessing with the Mesa Police Department, the driver of a Chevy Malibu was traveling westbound on McKellips Road at a very high rate of speed when he moved into the middle lane.

The driver passed several cars going the opposite way then slammed head-on into a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV near Center Street.

Wessing said both men in the Malibu were thrown from the car. One of them died at the scene. The other occupant was transported to a hospital in extremely critical condition.

The driver of the SUV was critically injured but is expected to recover.

The force of the collision threw the Malibu’s engine several hundred feet, hitting an unoccupied car in a parking lot.

Other vehicles were damaged by the debris.

Wessing said police found empty beer cans in the Malibu and a full beer can on the street, but they cannot confirm if impairment was a factor in the crash until lab results come back.


Woman in wheelchair dies after being hit by pick-up truck

Phoenix police and fire are piecing together the details of a truck-pedestrian accident involving a woman in a wheelchair.

According to the Phoenix Fire Department they received reports around 7: 30 p.m. of a person in a wheelchair that was hit by a car near 7th Street and Vogel Road.

Phoenix police said a Mary Jo Johnson, 56, was crossing 7th Street heading westbound mid-block when she was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound.

Johnson was in a wheelchair and was thrown when a Dodge pick-up, driven by a 42-year-old driver, struck her. She died on scene.

Police are continuing their investigatation into the accident. They said impairment does not appear to be a factor in the accident.