Woman Killed by Fall From Moving Van After Drinking With Friends; Husband to Be Charged With Impaired Driving

Yep -- that's a beer can on the console of the van from which Stephanie Holliday fell.
A Pinal County woman is dead after falling from a moving car Wednesday night. Police suspect she was drunk, and her husband probably will be charged with impaired driving.

About 9 p.m. Wednesday, 57-year-old Tommie Joe Holliday called 9-1-1 and immediately hung up. The operator called him back, and he said wife, 45-year-old Stephanie Lynn Holliday, had fallen out of his van as he was driving near Sunland Gin Road and West Aries Drive in Eloy.

Police responded to the scene and found Tommie Joe performing CPR on his injured wife.

However, Stephanie had suffered massive head trauma and other injuries. She later died at the Maricopa Medical Center.

Tommie Joe later told police that he and Stephanie had been drinking at a friend's house. They were driving home when she fell out of the van.

He told police that he was concentrating on driving and didn't see if Stephanie had opened the door and jumped, or somehow the door accidently came open and she fell out.

He said the two weren't arguing or fighting when she fell out.

Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tim Gaffney tells New Times there's nothing at this point to suggest Tommie Joe pushed his wife from the van.

"None of her injuries nor evidence in the vehicle indicate she was involved in a physical struggle in the vehicle prior to falling out," Gaffney says. "The autopsy will help us determine what happened and also when we determine what her blood alcohol concentration was. We will also be talking with the friends they were drinking with to see if they had been arguing earlier about any issues."

While it seems Joe didn't push his wife, deputies at the scene felt he was drunk at the time of the incident, and he refused a field-obriety test.

Gaffney says a blood sample was obtained and will be sent to the Arizona Department of Public Safety to determine his blood-alcohol concentration. Pending the results, he probably will becharged with impaired driving.
My Voice Nation Help

It's too bad but Karma is a M.F.!!!!

angela shean
angela shean

Moving services when selected with care make your life simpler and stress free. Put some thought behind the selection and you should be well on your way to hassle free moving


Moving is tough enough without added hassle trying to arrange a truck rental. By following these suggestions your truck rental will be simple and easy.

Azmamma like.author.displayName 1 Like

What comes around goes around ..................................


accident really happen anywhere, everywhere and to anybody. accident also happen even the driver is not drunk. 

Scottie B
Scottie B

Tommie Joe is not a member of the Arizona Legislature by any chance, is he?


No He's not!!! Maybe he should be huh?!!


No, but seeing as he is a drunk driver and stupid he would fit in well.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete like.author.displayName 1 Like

Is that really appropriate to charge someone with impaired driving if she caused her own death? I can imagine he's in shock after all he just lost his wife in a tragic accident.   Why not get him for stopping the vehicle and parking in an undesignated parking area after she fell out of the vehicle?    

Observer like.author.displayName 1 Like

So, Walter, he should slide on driving while intoxicated just because his wife fell/jumped from the vehicle he was driving while he was intoxicated?  Did I mention he was intoxicated and driving?

Now Trending

Phoenix Concert Tickets

From the Vault