Amy Alexander, Scottsdale SUV Driver Who Killed Bicyclist, Pays $420 Fine

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Police say Amy Alexander drove her Chevy Tahoe into the bike lane on this road just before she struck and killed bicyclist Shawn McCarty.

Amy Alexander, the Scottsdale woman who struck and killed a bicyclist with her SUV last month, has paid a $420 fine for the two civil-traffic violations she received.

Police say that 53-year-old Shawn McCarty was wearing a helmet and riding in the bike lane on Thompson Peak Parkway when Alexander's Chevy Tahoe smashed into him from behind. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

She was cited for driving in a bike land and unsafe passing of a bicycle. Court officials confirmed that Alexander paid a total fine of $420 for both tickets.

What's still unclear is why Alexander drove into the bike lane and struck McCarty. Police say she wasn't impaired and chalked it up to "inattention."

But Alexander, who's husband is an attorney, invoked her right to remain silent when authorities showed up to the scene, cops say.

New Times requested the 911 tape and police report, but Scottsdale police haven't released either yet.

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Jutsie
Jutsie

Is that a joke?!?? If that truly is Amy Alexander, you are an even worse person than we all thought!! How dare you plow down a man, drag him, kill him, then say he was in your lane and the to top it off use a social network to see what people think. Are you kidding??? You obviously haven been reading the blogs and should know what people think. What makes you think that anyone wants to become a part of your social network. You are crazier than we thought. If you're doing it to find out which one of your so called friends are talking about you, you can probably assume its all of them. AMY ALEXANDER WANTS TO KNOW WHAT WE THINK???? Why? Does she really care??? Instead of snooping around Facebook, why don't you do something constructive. There are just no words to describe you! I speak for many! So read this if you want to know what people think! Again, SHAME ON YOU AMY ALEXANDER! You KILLED a good, good man! If your husband wasn't an attorney, you would be up shits creek. You have no one fooled, believe me! So save your Facebook space for all your so called friends, no one else really gives two cents about you. Does that answer your question on what people think???

Rachel_babyy
Rachel_babyy

Are you kidding me? So you can kill someone in a bike line, remain quiet and not go to jail? How can this lady live with herself. The reason for going in the bike lane was prob because of her cell phone. But it's okay because apparently if your well off money wise and or live in Scottsdale the rules of the road and the law don't apply to you. What a snatch. I hope karma comes for her ten fold.

bigncornfed
bigncornfed

Obviously she's innocent, her husband's an attorney. That caliber of humans don't break laws, they make laws. Texting a friend to confirm a mimosa augmented breakfast when she may have eased over into the bike lane hogging human speed bump you say!? never! Enjoy your gas guzzling suv with the heated leather seats, you scottsdale barbie, manslaughtering whore...

Girlvirgo
Girlvirgo

Unbelievable, she kills this cyclist and pays a fine and that's it. This cyclist family should sue her

Videotodd
Videotodd

EVIL amy will burn in hell no doubt for MURDERING a innocent biker , all those rich fat cats in SUVs think they are ''better than everyone else on th eroad''  God will deal them on judgement day that is for sure

Christopher H. Hancock
Christopher H. Hancock

This appears to be regular negligence.  That's why there are civil suits for wrongful death. 

Pricillaf
Pricillaf

Ironically her husband is a wrongful death attorney.

AJH
AJH

I wish it was like this in Portland, ME. I would fork out a few grand just to street sweep. I hate those jerks.

Redorblack Nigelbottom
Redorblack Nigelbottom

See?  I just posted above about the in and out groups and how people have no problem threatening cyclists lives do to this... and you just came right in and proved my point.

Somehow cyclists are jerks and thus you'd pay the fines just for the opportunity to kill some off.  You really just indicated that on a public forum, with a traceable message... no worries that someone will knock on your door and haul your ass down for questioning for publicly threatening the lives of innocent people you consider jerks because they have made a different transportation choice than your own.  I'll bet I know your conversation rant by heart as to what makes people on bikes jerks worth running down, it is always the same if you've read the comments section on any articles about cycling.  Don't worry, you are just suffering from a basic human psychological reaction.  It's treatable and YOU can do the treatment... just step outside the rage and think about it rationally.  Do you want someone running your mom/kids/wife/friend/co-worker down because they decide to ride a bike to school/ store/ work?  Of course not... it's those Other ones... the ones that probably run red lights when they aren't getting in your way when you are heading somewhere important like school/ the store/ work.

Or you are just a jerk with a car puffing up on the internet.

TH
TH

Car manufactures continue to build vehicles that we can live in and make you want to fall asleep in and not drive. Until we all start to drive smaller vehicles and have monetary repercussions for cell phone and distracted driving this will continue to occur. There is definetely something going on here because it's Scottsdale and no manslaughter charges or anything. Unbelieveable. I hope this women lives a private life for the rest of her days.

Sad Cyclist
Sad Cyclist

If I'm not mistaken, these are the charges being brought against her by the city of Scottsdale. Maricopa County would be the one to charge her with something like negligent homicide or manslaughter. 

Potlimitomaha79
Potlimitomaha79

Where is the national news media? Where are the protesters? where is the great rev Al Sharpton talking about racial profiling? where is the bounty on Amy Alexanders head? Are these hate crimes? Does anyone care about cyclist? The only way this will make national news is if the guy on the bike was black with a hoodie on.

Redorblack Nigelbottom
Redorblack Nigelbottom

 Interesting point... it actually is discrimination.  Cyclists are what is known as an outgroup.  Motor vehicle users are an in group.  So much like people could get away with calling for killing Islamic people in general in the wake of 911, people get away with threatening to kill cyclists if they get in their way, "cause they run red lights ya know"

Polixie
Polixie

Ppl that get away with things and wonder y bad things happen to them later in time but what they forget is that , what u do wrong will alway come get u later in life and 70x7 . So she will get what's coming to her

kimmie0
kimmie0

wow. I am assuming the reason she was fined this specific amount is because that is all that is allowable under Arizona law. No other law in place to cover this situation?  Sometimes when I think about the diversity of legal implications among the states, I wander over to a federalist position. I'm ready to redesign the entire legal system, as well as a few other things about the way things are handled. Although, as I think about it even more,  I don't know how to place a value on the loss of a life. At what point would the amount of the fine seem "fair" enough?  What is that we demand a person to pay, in order to feel  'justice' has been achieved? I can imagine being the woman who took this man's life, and how she will feel for the rest of her life. How do we take the concept we have of justice, and fit it into a compassionate frame of reference? I am certain that most reading this post has had more than one 'close call' behind the wheel of a car. A single moment of distraction and this could have been any of us. Imagine what it would do to you to know that it was your hand at the wheel. I am standing in some strange place in my mind, looking at the way we have always judged each other on one side, and looking at the idea of compassion for all, no matter what, on the other side. It feels very strange and unreal. 

Redorblack Nigelbottom
Redorblack Nigelbottom

 Here in Washington the State Supreme court found that you can't charge people that kill other people using cars with ciminal charges outside of the traffic regulations.  That means if you kill someone with a car here and don't flee, aren't on drugs or drunk... max fine is $220 for reckless driving involving a death.

Alejandr76
Alejandr76

I commute Often on my bike to work. It's a daily thing to see some idiot with two tires int the bike lane. Often I get passed by cars that are within feet from me right in front of a Tucson police car. Not only do they not cite those drivers, but they do the same thing. It's sick! As long as the fines not to drive in bike lanes, to leave more than 4 feet while passing a bike and actually have a law against hitting a cyclist these tragedies will continue!

Redorblack Nigelbottom
Redorblack Nigelbottom

On my way to work this morning, I was behind two fire department command SUVs.  They were turning right to head to their department a block over... one in front starts turning into 3 people that were crossing the side road he was turning onto.  They were already a 1/3rd of the way across the lane he was turning onto... so his solution to stop and wait for them to cross?  Nope... drove around them in the oncoming lane.  Complete WTF moment.

Squashed Cyclist
Squashed Cyclist

Perhaps a $100,000 fine and 5,000 hours of community service to be performed over 10 years would be appropriate.  Too many people are driving and not SEEing (Search, evaluate, execute) because their distractions are so much more important. 

I too have been hit, by a hit and run driver, but am lucky to be still racing my bike.

Rex Reason
Rex Reason

It's tragic, but this happens ALL OF THE TIME in Arizona. Rarely do the events make the news, unless drinking or drugs was involved. Why? Because Americans love to shame the blue-collar sinners and vote the white-collar ones into career politicians.

Same thing happened with Mirsada Raskovic last July in a Safeway parking lot. And Ayje Schoenberg a few years ago in Tempe. If Arizona would crack down on cell phone users, a few of these accidents would be prevented. I would not hold my breath waiting for dumb politicians to craft such a law, or lazy cops to enforce said law, however.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

None of us knows what really happened.     If it was due to being inattentive, what good would come of her being incarcerated?    If any of us can say they've never been inattentive even once, then you're a liar.    If during that one instance of inattentiveness you ran into the back of a cyclist and killed them, what do you think should have happened to you?    Every cyclist knows that vehicle operators are not accustomed to seeing people riding bicycles on streets.   They often tend to ride near the edge of the lane which in itself is always too narrow.    It's what keeps me from riding a bicycle in a city.     It's suicide.    Motor vehicles and bicycles don't belong on the same road.    If you as a bicylist insist on riding with them then you know very well the risk you take.     Is it worth it?     If you realize the risk and then demand to take it then you must know your odds of surviving to reach a natural conclusion of your life are reduced and by your own choice.     One person has already lost their life in this case.    Would destroying another's life and perhaps her family's also, do any good except satisfy your need for vengeance?     Because it's not going to keep it from happening to someone else in the future.

Redorblack Nigelbottom
Redorblack Nigelbottom

 Way to go... blame the victim for the actions of the person that kills them.  If it was due to being inattentive, they should be punished.  When you take control of a 3000lbs vehicle that kills 35K people a year, the responsibility is on the OPERATOR to control their vehicle.  Being inattentive because you are rocking out, zoning out, taking a phone call, texting a message, talking to someone in the back seat... trying to get around that damn bus by passing on the right... NONE of that excuses you from your (and my) responsibility to be in control of your motor vehicle at all times.  Aww, but gee whiz... what good does it do to punish the poor woman, I'm sure she feels bad... yeah, so does the family of the person she killed that was just heading for their destination like every other day they got on a bike, or walked or drove.  Someone NOT in control of their vehicle killing them doesn't make them a suicide.  The one taking the risk is the person driving badly, not the person they injure or kill through their actions.  The road is for everyone, cars, trucks, bikes, motorcycles, pedestrians... it's public space and everyone has their place.  Having a car doesn't give you privilages, it gives you extra responsibilities.  The reason you have to have a drivers license is for this very reason.  Cars in the hands of bad drivers kill people.  We need to do more to keep them out of those hands.

Turtle3
Turtle3

 people said the same bs about dui, and look at how our society has changed on that now? Yes, some people still do it, and they goto jail!  Sending this horrible woman to jail would absolutely benefit the rest of us, cause people would wake up!

its only dangerous cause of people like you who shift responsibility for being good drivers onto the law-abiding people they hit. 

Anon
Anon

What an idiotic viewpoint.

sarum
sarum

In this economy I am seeing more bicycle riders than ever before.  These are people who are still trying their damndest to survive despite the heat, the traffic, the fumes and the right to work for below fair market wages situation.  They deserve protection and dignity or are we just another turd whirld nation where human life is very very cheap?  I usually like what you write but not today.  

Pricillaf
Pricillaf

Yes it will keep it from happening to someone else in the future. When things are not done right, enough people get together and lobby for a law. Something Amy Alexander and her husband the LAWYER are well versed in. If she was punished for what she did, others would think twice about doing other things while driving a vehicle. Shame on AMY ALEXANDER!!!!!!!

Timothy D Little
Timothy D Little

and it goes to show...if you make enough money and know the right folks you can get away with negligent homicide.

Mogollonfrank
Mogollonfrank

Disgusted... How can this person sleep at night? We need better laws to keep cyclist safe on the streets...

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

As a cyclist I'm continually amazed at how little attention is paid by law enforcement to bike lanes. The example I see most often is cars parked in bike lanes. In my decade and a half riding Phoenix bike lanes I have yet to see one single ticket on the windshield of a car parked in a bike lane. Not one! I've called the Phoenix PD and e-mailed them on occasion about this, too. As far as I'm concerned, to Hell with the cellphone yakking SUV riding soccer moms. More of them should be hung out to dry.

Wartho
Wartho

So a cyclists life is worth $420? 
So sad, so stupid, and something that should have been avoidable if people just paid attention when they are driving.
If I encounter someone doing something stupid when I'm cycling and I catch up to them at the lights/intersection etc, I will tap on their window and politely tell them the problem/their error.  If I get a stupid response, then I just tell them to please remember that "any cyclists life is worth just 10-30 seconds of their precious time". 

Doug Meis
Doug Meis

Here's another argument to use.  Ask them if they have children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren.  Those kids probably like to ride bicycles like any other kid.  Then ask if they would want you to drive through their neighborhood and put their childrens lives at risk in the same way they just did to you.  It MIGHT make them think.  Tell them that you are a person with parents, bothers, sisters, wife/husband and that your family does not want you treated this way either.

Yoderwillcoater
Yoderwillcoater

I ride about 200 miles a week and North Scottsdale is the most dangerous place because of idiots like this doing their "Housewives of Somewhere" impression If you are driving don't put your makeup on, eat, chat on the phone, play with your gps or anything else that will distract you from the road. This woman needs to lose everything she owns because some family lost more than that. Pay attention or go to jail, a "beer money" fine is BS!

jklf
jklf

Whatever happened to accidents...I'm sure she didn't wake up and say "today, I'm going run somebody over"

Redorblack Nigelbottom
Redorblack Nigelbottom

 An accident would be "car blew out tire, careened into bike lane and hit cyclist".  Not, "Lady wasn't paying attention, drove into bike lane while kids watched her kill innocent cyclist."

Pinkytoes
Pinkytoes

Accidents happen when you are doing due diligence and something happens beyond your control.  It is no accident when you fail to pay attention to the road and what is happening around you.  I'm sure it was not intentional but that is a far cry from accidental.

Jutsie
Jutsie

I do drive this bridge every day.  And the bike lane is double the size of most bike lanes!!.   Even at the worst hour, there is nothing that can impede your vision at this very spot.  FACT-AMY ALEXANDER KILLED AN INNOCENT MAN AND GOT OFF SCOTT FREE!!!!  But the truth of the matter is that everyone knows it.

Beecher98
Beecher98

Ms. Alexander must have many friends. If

Pricillaf
Pricillaf

Or just a medical malpractice, wrongful death attorney for a husband. How ironic!!

Azeejen
Azeejen

Although this is q tragedy for
the victim and his family - I will say the bike lane on the bridge is much too narrow and I do believe affords the potentiation for this to happen again if not rectified. I also feel badly for the driver and her two children...before judging her or this comment-drive that route and see what you think.

Kmarie3
Kmarie3

I run it all the time...the width of the bike lane is NO issue here...distracted, disrespectful drivers are the issue....Let's not make excuses... I am sure if this woman's kid's were in the bike lane, she would go crazy if any driver came close to them, much less killled them.  I agree drive the route...you will see NO EXCUSE for hitting anyone in the bike lane!

Turtle3
Turtle3

 that bike lane is wide and perfect sight lanes. There is also a 'Bike Lane' sign 20 feet from where the man was killed. I bike commute that exact route several times a week. I hope she is sued for every penny. Maybe they will print her address and real justice can happen.

nic
nic

Eyeballs are also great in a vehicle. When they're open, they let you see the cyclist in the first place. I don't care how narrow a bridge is, there's rarely a good excuse for hitting a cyclist from behind. If someone hit and killed you, would $420 be enough for taking you life?

The Tank
The Tank

Maybe her kids can wear tshirts that day "my mommy is a killer"

canaryguy
canaryguy

I still have no sympathy for the inattentive killer.  She should have swerved to avoid or slowed her vehicle.   Brakes are great on a vehicle -- they allow you to slow your vehicle's speed to allow you to avoid hitting bicycles and jaywalkers.  The steering wheel is something else Amy Alexander needs to be familiar with.  A steering wheel allows you to maneuver your vehicle around slower traffic like bicycles and jaywalkers.

Scott Fulmer
Scott Fulmer

Bikes, yes... but jaywalkers? Screw em, they are doing something illegal.

Sales Cooke
Sales Cooke

Amazing. I she had accidentally shot him with a gun would it have been a $420 fine?

Ftumch
Ftumch

 Dick Cheney didn't even get fined, right?

Jutsie
Jutsie

Thank you Ray Stern for doing a great reporting job!!!  Instead of a yield sign at the sight of the accident, they should install a "watch out for Amy Alexander" sign.  

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