Laveen, AZ – Douglas Lee Smith Killed in Fatal Accident at L-202 & Southern Ave
Laveen, AZ (January 12, 2021) – A man died after his car was hit on the Loop 202 southbound in Laveen on Sunday afternoon.
Per reports from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the crash happened on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway near Southern Avenue. Reports from the scene note that a driver of a gold minivan was involved in a crash with a blue passenger vehicle. When officials with Phoenix fire arrived at the scene, they performed CPR on the victim before local EMTs transported him to an area medical center. Authorities later identified the victim as 70-year-old Douglas Lee Smith. Smith later died from his injuries at the hospital.
According to court records, the driver of the minivan fled the scene. Officers with the Phoenix PD said they found the driver a short time later and identified him as 26-year-old Marcus Xavier Castro. Castro was charged with reckless manslaughter and leaving an accident that caused serious injury.
Detectives are still investigating and have not released further details at this time.
Our deepest condolences go out to the families of Douglas Lee Smith.
Fatal Multi-Vehicle Accidents in Arizona
Over the last several years, Arizona had one of the highest rates of multi-vehicle crashes in the nation, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. In fact, Arizona had one of the highest fatality rates in the country as a result of multi-car crashes in 2016 alone, going on to record several hundred deaths by the end of the year.
By the end of each calendar year for the past decade, almost 1,000 fatalities have been seen statewide as a result of these serious car accidents. It’s clear that when it comes to these crashes, victims and their families are paying a steep price as a result of other drivers’ negligence.
Whether it’s painful long-term injuries and trauma or even emotional distress and financial insecurity that may last for years to come, wrecks result in tragic consequences for both victims and their families. Occasionally, fatal accidents leave victims’ grieving families to pick up the pieces in the aftermath. Thankfully, those affected can seek help from a Phoenix personal injury lawyer, especially if they’ve been involved in an accident that occurred as a result of the negligent actions of another driver.
At ELG, our skilled team of Arizona injury accident lawyers specializes in fighting for victims and their families.
In fact, at ELG, when we represent a client and an adverse insurance company asks us to allow for a recorded statement from our client, 99% of the time the answer is a definitive no! Our recommendation is to tell them you will seek out counsel first, then call us at ELG. We will gladly review the facts of your case and tailor our advice to match the specific needs of your case.
Every consultation is free and there is no obligation to retain us. At ELG, we do not cut corners and use intake specialists or a non-attorney to talk or meet with you.
Our skilled Arizona injury lawyers at ELG are ready to answer your call and have years of experience in helping victims and their families. Contact our accident attorneys available valley wide today at (623) 877-3600 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
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Disclaimer: As members of the local Phoenix and broader Arizona community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal advice, and you should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation.