Phoenix, AZ – Fatality Reported in Rear-End Wreck at 87th Ave & Buckeye Rd
Phoenix, AZ (August 23, 2020) – A teen driver died late Saturday after a two-vehicle accident that occurred in Phoenix.
According to reports from the Phoenix Police Department, officers say that 18-year-old Jonathan Felix was driving a Chevrolet Equinox SUV and traveling northbound on 87th Avenue around 11:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. Felix was located near Lower Buckeye Road when a pickup truck slammed into the back of his SUV.
Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department says that the driver of the pickup truck, 21-year-old Enrique Garcia, failed to stop for the red light at 87th Avenue and collided with Felix’s SUV.
Investigators say Garcia showed signs of impairment at the scene and was arrested. He is currently being charged with second-degree murder at this time.
The investigation of this incident is still ongoing.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Jonathan Felix.
Fatal Multi-Car Crashes in Arizona
Authorities released a report that showed 130,000 collisions happened in Arizona last year alone. And according to data released by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, more than 11,000 of these collisions involved at least two drivers and several injuries or deaths. Furthermore, there has been a 19% increase in accidents and a 25% overall increase in fatalities across the state in the last decade. Serious motor vehicle crashes have also resulted in billions of dollars in economic losses to the state of Arizona over the past several years.
It’s clear that multi-car accidents causing injuries are an unfortunately common part of life in Arizona. And when multiple victims are injured in an accident, they may have to deal with other drivers’ insurance companies, long-term physical pain, and expensive hospital bills. Occasionally, as a result of these incidents, victims succumb to their injuries, leaving their grieving families to cope with emotional trauma and financial difficulties as a result of another driver’s negligence.
But the victims and their families affected by these wrecks can seek help from a Phoenix injury attorney. A skilled attorney can help victims seek justice and the fair compensation they deserve from suffering in an accident that occurred through no fault of their own.
ELG’s Arizona car accident attorneys have years of experience when it comes to fighting for victims and their families. If you’ve been involved in a crash caused by the negligent actions of another driver, contact our accident attorneys in Arizona today at (623) 877-3600 or https://elgphx.com/ to schedule your 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.