Man Seriously Injured After Jump From Moving Golf Cart


A 23-year-old Phoenix man was seriously injured last weekend after jumping from a moving golf cart, police say.

The accident occurred in Scottsdale during the early morning hours of Sunday, August 10. The man, who is believed to have been intoxicated, sustained serious head injuries after jumping from the back seat of the cart and hitting his head on a hard surface, police say.

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Akop Akopyan, Driver of Scottsdale Golf-Cart Shuttle in Crash, has Bad Driving History

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Image: Bill Crawford
A golf cart lies on its side in Scottsdale following a crash Sunday that broke a passenger's neck.
The golf-cart driver involved in a downtown-Scottsdale crash on Sunday that broke a passenger's neck has been cited for at least seven other driving infractions since 2006.

Police say Akop Akopyan, 34, was operating a for-profit, downtown-Scottsdale shuttle service with his golf cart when the accident occurred just after 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

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Freeway Daredevils Tie Up Traffic on US 60 and Loop 202, No Arrests Made

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Drivers in Oakland, California (pictured here) perform freeway stunts in January 2013. A similar event occurred on the Loop 202 in west Tempe on Sunday, DPS confirms.
Maybe you caught this show on Sunday, too.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety confirmed reports that dozens of vehicles intentionally blocked traffic while some performed stunts on parts of two freeways.

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Phil Gordon Can't Quit Running Red Lights

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Phil Gordon blowing through a red light on a turn back in 2008.
Phil Gordon keeps making the same mistake.

The former Phoenix mayor knows that to make a legal, right-hand turn on a red light in Arizona, a driver must first come to complete stop. But he can't seem to make himself do it -- even after getting busted four times for the offense in the past five years.

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Phoenix Can't Handle Rain: Police Report 583 Percent Increase in Traffic-Related Calls

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Phoenix drivers on Loop 202 yesterday.
When there's rain, people in Phoenix just seem to lose all control of their vehicles, as evidenced by the many messes people caused on the roadways yesterday.

If you've ever noticed that people around here really can't drive in the rain, there are statistics to back that up: Phoenix police say there was a 583-percent increase in "traffic hazard calls" from last Monday (when it was bone-dry) to this Monday (when it rained all morning).

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Arizona Drivers Still Can't Drive in the Rain

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That's exactly how not to drive.
Every time it rains a considerable amount in the Phoenix area, most drivers seem to take a similar approach to the situation.

That approach is panic, and a general sense of, OH GOD WHAT DO I DO?

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Phoenix Drivers Safer Than Those in Any Other Big City in America, Study Claims

Phoenix's allegedly safe drivers on Interstate 10 near 35th Avenue yesterday.

This might be hard to believe if you're a Phoenix commuter, but a study says Phoenix has the safest drivers among all the big cities in the United States -- for the ninth year in a row.

Phoenix drivers, on average, go nearly a decade between collisions, according to a study by Allstate (go ahead and read the rest of this in the Allstate-guy voice).

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Phoenix Man Slammed About 30 Beers Before He Ran Stolen Car Into Pregnant Girl, Cops Say

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Mark Hillary via Flickr
Dodge Charger

A pregnant 17-year-old and another woman were hit by a car moments after the driver stole that car, police say.

The alleged driver, 25-year-old Guadalupe Castaneda, denied hitting anyone or anything with the car, police say. However, according to court documents obtained by New Times, Castaneda did admit to throwing back around 30 beers before taking the Dodge Charger from a parking lot near 16th Avenue and Camelback Road.

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Teenager Without License Driving Six Siblings to First Day of School Crashes, Killing Three

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Inspire Kelly via Flickr

A Phoenix 16-year-old without a driver's license was driving his six siblings to their first day back at school on Monday when he crashed the car, killing three of his young brothers.

Phoenix police detectives believe the 16-year-old may have been impaired when he swerved the minivan into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into another vehicle, killing that driver, too.

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High Guy Passed Out in McDonald's Drive-Thru, Cops Say

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Bernard G via Flickr

If you pass out in a McDonald's drive-thru at 1:30 a.m. on a Thursday, things probably aren't going to end well.

William Howard Jr., 35, recently found that out, after pulling into the drive-thru of a McD's at 43rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road in Glendale, then passing out for a while.

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