Amy Alexander Police Report Sheds No Light on Why SUV Drifted Into Bike Lane, Killing Cyclist; Kids Noticed What Mom Didn't

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Amy Alexander

A police report on the April 11 collision that killed bicyclist Shawn McCarty sheds no light on why Scottsdale resident Amy Alexander's SUV drifted into a bike lane.

Alexander's Chevy Tahoe slammed into the back of McCarty's bicycle on a Sunday afternoon, causing the 53-year-old to fly into the air and roll to a stop on a sidewalk more than 100 feet away.

A witness in another vehicle following the black Tahoe in the right-side lane of Thompson Peak Parkway told cops that the SUV began to "drift" seconds before the impact.

"The bike rider was well over to the right, inside the bike lane," the witness told an officer. "The SUV just continued to drift and then collided with the bike rider."

Both vehicles stopped immediately and witnesses saw Alexander get out of the SUV, screaming, "Oh, my god!"

Police determined Alexander had been traveling between 38 and 42 mph; the posted speed limit was 45. Alexander didn't seem impaired by drugs or alcohol, but an officer checked her eyes anyway for signs of substance use.

Alexander did make some statements to investigators at the scene, contrary to what police told us before. She and her two children, ages 6 and 9, had been on the way home from the kids' grandfather's house and "was not in any type of hurry."

"She did not recall seeing the victim on his bike and suddenly struck him," the report states.  "Amy said that she thought he was in her lane of travel when the accident happened."

She added that she wasn't sure whether McCarty was in her lane.
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But her two young kids, riding with her, apparently noticed what Alexander did not.

"Both of Amy's children stated that the victim was in the bicycle lane when she struck him," the report states.

Alexander was "extremely upset" and asked repeatedly how McCarty was doing.

McCarty suffered injuries including a severe head wound, though he had been wearing a helmet. He died after being taken to the hospital.

Alexander was cited for unsafe passing of a bicycle and driving in the bike lane, both civil traffic violations. She paid a $420 fine.

In a list of "violations/behavior" in the report, police checked "unsafe passing" and "inattention/distraction" on the part of Alexander, and "no improper action" by McCarty.
  


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Jarizona
Jarizona

I was a personal friend of the deceased. How dare yourproductsucks press on the Ridiculous charges this house wife received. You could not find a nicer and more respectful man. He followed every law and believed in safety comes first. If anyone believe Alexander received the right charges. If you have a loved one who was murdered and they got away with it. You would be putting your head up your ass at this point. I'll slap your face for just writing about McCarty. Your just an asshole who's childhood and life is worthless. Write back and I will find your IP address. I feel sorry if you have kids or a wife. They must just think your such an asshole.

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

But she was very safe in her Snottsdale Tahoe.  Why has no one mentioned texting????

SP
SP

How about vehicular manslaughter!?!?!

C3PO
C3PO

Kill cops.

ummm
ummm

So killing a guy gets a $420.00 fine but all the pot smokers arrested on 4/20 will be charged with felonies. Awesome. 

Ebeighe
Ebeighe

Ray -- have you seen the police report? (or if not, are you getting it?). As you can see, word-of-mouth, even from police PIO, isn't necessarily reliable. I am particularly interested in on what basis did police determine that there was no cell phone use?

Jutsie
Jutsie

Thank you once again Ray Stern for your wonderful reporting of this story!!!! It is amazing that the only truth comes from the kids. How dare she lie and say that Shawn was in her lane. AMY ALEXANDER KILLED A MAN! AMY ALEXANDER IS A LIAR! She and her ATTORNEY husband can alter the truth in their own minds. But even their best friends know the truth!!! I hope she knows that when she goes into the grocery store, the school or to her little business, everyone is looking at her and knows what she did. They may smile and say hello. But when she walks away, they say there goes the liar who killed a man and tried to blame it on the man she killed. The man who is no longer here to defend himself. AMY ALEXANDER has no conscience!!!!! Her poor, poor honest kids!! I hope no one comes along and runs them over and kills them one day. Would her lawyer husband be happy with a 420.00 fine. What a pathetic excuse of a woman!

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Accidents happen. You have never minimized your part in anything, I presume?

Get off your high horse and act human.

Jutsie
Jutsie

I have no problem acting human. I also have no problem stating the truth. Something Amy Alexander and her attorney husband find difficult. I hope you never lose a loved one because of a SENSELESS ACCIDENT! But I guess because you are super human it probably won't affect you at all.

Jutsie
Jutsie

My "rant" as you call it,is the obvious truth!! A truth that everyone including yourself knows. By the way, anyone with a name like yourproductsucks leads me to believe that you are not a member of any sort of intellectual organization. I cannot waste another minute on you or your ignorance. So blog away.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

So you agree it was an accident...interesting.  That flies in the face of your previous rant.

Sberjunkmail
Sberjunkmail

This is absolutely RIDICULOUS! His death warrants "no improper action" by the driver. Then to make it worse a $420 fine. Dear lawmakers....get ur heads out of your arses! Cyclists won't be quiet anymore!

name
name

Just to clarify - the article says that the victim (McCarty) was the one found to have "no improper action".  The driver (Alexander) was cited for "unsafe
passing" and "inattention/distraction".  I do completely agree with your sentiment, though.  The fact that she essentially got away with taking a life (albeit unintentionally) is disgusting and alarming to cyclists, drivers and pedestrians!

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