Glendale, AZ – Collin Jones Arrested in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash at 70th Ave
Glendale, AZ (June 6, 2020) – A teenage driver has been arrested after a Glendale hit-and-run crash that killed a 3-year-old boy in late May.
Collin Alexander Jones, an 18-year-old Glendale resident, was driving on the wrong side of the roadway of 70th Avenue, approaching Villa Theresa Drive, on the afternoon of May 21. Per reports from officers with the Glendale Police Department, a family of four were riding their bicycles adjacent to the edge of the roadway.
Jones then drove over a child trailer being towed by the father’s bicycle, which was carrying a 3-year-old boy. His white Jeep, which was also occupied by one of Jones’ friends, also hit the mother on her bicycle, which knocked her to the ground. Jones narrowly missed a 5-year-old who was riding in front of her mother on her own bicycle.
Jones then exited the roadway and ran into residential landscaping on the side of the road. Neighbors administered first aid on the toddler before an officer arrived on the scene and took over compressions.
Glendale fire crews transported the toddler to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The mother was not transported to the hospital for her injuries.
Jones’ Jeep was found parked a few blocks away. However, Jones told investigators he had drifted too far, jerked the wheel back to the right, and felt his tires drive into the gravel but saw and heard nothing else.
Detectives processed evidence from the scene, including video of the crash, to arrest Jones on Thursday for charges of manslaughter, failure to stop after a deadly collision, and leaving the scene of an injury accident.
The crash remains under investigation at this time.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the deceased victim. Our thoughts go out to the injured victim and her family in hopes of a full recovery.
Bicycle Accidents in Arizona
According to recent data released by the Arizona Department of Transportation, pedestrian and bicycle accidents are on the rise. In fact, approximately 40% of deadly bicycle accidents were caused by distracted drivers hitting cyclists, even when riders were observing traffic laws by using bike lanes or the sidewalk.
Cyclists are especially vulnerable to serious injuries or death after a crash. These victims are often left with high medical costs, long-term physical problems, and severe emotional trauma. And when victims succumb to their injuries after a bicycle crash, families are left to pick up the pieces.
From negotiating with insurance companies and handling funeral costs to grieving their loved ones through it all, families must deal with devastating consequences in the aftermath of a crash. However, the victims and families affected by these bicycle accidents can seek legal aid from a skilled Glendale personal injury lawyer.
When it comes to advocating for victims and their families after a crash, ELG’s team of bicycle accident lawyers in Arizona has years of experience.
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