Mesa, AZ – Michael Workman Killed in Pedestrian Crash at University Dr & Dobson Rd
Mesa, AZ (November 9, 2020) – Officers with the Mesa Police Department are investigating after a man in a wheelchair was hit by a vehicle and killed in Mesa early Monday morning.
Mesa police and fire rescue units say that 58-year-old old Michael Workman was crossing the street at University Drive in his wheelchair, just before 6:30 a.m. At that point, the alleged driver of the car, 29-year-old Joseph Hunt, struck and killed Workman as he crossed. Local EMTs were dispatched shortly after the wreck occurred, but Workman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hunt stayed at the scene to cooperate with authorities, but police say they believe Hunt was impaired.
The crash closed the area of University Drive and Dobson Road while police investigated. The investigation is ongoing.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Michael Workman.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Arizona
Per reports from authorities with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona consistently claims a higher pedestrian death rate compared to the rest of the United States. In fact, nearly 300 pedestrians were killed in Arizona in 2017 alone, translating to a dramatic rate of 1.61 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people. With these numbers, Arizona’s pedestrian-fatality rate is more than double the national average, which is only 0.8 per 100,000.
It’s clear that fatal pedestrian accidents are an unfortunately common fact of life in Arizona. When it comes to fatal accidents and pedestrian incidents across the state, victims and families are particularly vulnerable in the aftermath. After a pedestrian accident, victims and families are often left with financial difficulties, long-term physical issues, and emotional trauma. When victims succumb to their injuries, grieving families are left to pick up the pieces. Family members may be forced to deal with expensive medical and funeral expenses in the aftermath of their loved one’s death.
If you have suffered in a pedestrian accident as a result of another driver’s negligence or lost a loved one as a result of a pedestrian accident, contact a Phoenix personal injury attorney to safeguard your legal rights.
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. So at worst, you get free advice after you’ve suffered due to an accident that occurred through no fault of your own.
Our attorneys at ELG do not cut corners, and we won’t use intake specialists or a non-attorney to talk or meet with you. We guarantee your consultation will be with one of our experienced injury attorneys that only handle accident matters, so you can feel confident and rest assured that we will answer all your questions.
Our Arizona pedestrian accident attorneys at ELG are dedicated to helping you get the justice you deserve after these unfortunate incidents. Our experienced, highly-skilled injury lawyers in Phoenix have spent years fighting for both victims and their families. Contact us to set up your free consultation at (623) 877-3600. We’re here to help you in your time of need.
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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.