Downed Motorcyclist on Loop 101 Struck by Semi and Passenger Car; Neither Vehicle Stopped

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A semi-truck and a passenger struck a downed motorcyclist lying in the middle of a lane on the Loop 101 at about 10:30 p.m. last night, and neither vehicle stopped.

It's unclear whether the motorcyclist was killed by those impacts, or from the wipe-out that preceded the collisions.

The Department of Public Safety is asking for the public's assistance in finding the drivers of those two vehicles, so give the agency a call if you know anything.

The incident began when the motorcyclist, who hasn't been identified, entered the southbound 101 from Northern Avenue and lost control of his bike. He came to a rest in the middle lane, where he was hit by the semi-truck, according to a news bulletin from DPS.

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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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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!"


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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."

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Phoenix Police Say a Guy Was Trying to Flag Down Cars in the Street Today -- and Shooting People Who Passed Him

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Phoenix police say there was a guy standing in the middle of the street this morning trying to flag down motorists.

He shot two people who decided to go around him instead.

Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson tells New Times this happened around 4:30 a.m. today on 16th Street, between Southern Avenue and Broadway Road.

Police got the first call from someone saying they tried to drive around the guy, and was shot in the arm.

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Amy Alexander of Scottsdale Cited in Fatal Collision with Bicyclist Shawn McCarty; "Inattention" a Possible Factor, Cops Say

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Amy Alexander of Scottsdale received two citations following the fatal collision between her SUV and a bicyclist on Sunday.

If you enjoy the pleasures of two-wheeled vehicles like we do, you know why we had goosebumps after hearing about the fatal car-bike collision on Sunday in north Scottsdale.

The victim, 53-year-old Shawn McCarty, was doing everything right. He had a helmet on and was riding in a bike lane. It was about 4:30 p.m. and the weather was clear and beautiful. An SUV rammed into him from behind.

For reasons still unknown to police, a black Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Amy Alexander of Scottsdale had swerved into the bike lane. McCarty was taken to a hospital soon after and pronounced dead.

Police cited Alexander for unsafe passing of a bicycle and driving in a bicycle lane. Her driving hadn't been impaired by drugs or alcohol, cops believe.


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Mesa Brothers, 19 and 6, Hurt in Scooter Collision With Pickup

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Elias Redden and his 6-year-old brother were injured on Friday after their scooter hit a pickup truck.

A Mesa 19-year-old and his 6-year-old brother were injured severely on Friday after their scooter slammed into a full-size pickup truck.

Cops say that Elias Redden, while trying to make a left-hand turn onto Horne as he traveled west on University Drive at about 7:15 p.m., turned the 2008 Shanghai Meitian scooter into the truck.

No signs of impairment by drugs or alcohol were noticed for either Redden or the driver of the pickup.




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Scottsdale Police Put Video of Woman and 4-Year-Old Getting Hit by Car on YouTube

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The Scottsdale Police Department posted a video on YouTube today, and if you like watching a woman and her 4-year-old kid get hit by a car, it's right up your alley.

The video shows a woman pushing her child in a stroller and then basically running in front of an SUV as it begins to accelerate. Then: splat -- the woman and the child get hit by the SUV (don't worry -- both the woman and the child are OK, according to police).

The driver was initially cited, but that citation has been thrown out.

From the Scottsdale P.D.:

Given the new evidence presented by the video, the investigating officer has requested the original citation given to the SUV driver be dismissed. The video shows the pedestrians run into the path of the vehicle that was so close that it was difficult for the driver to yield.

See video of the collision below.


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Husband of Woman Killed in Wrong-Way Crash had been Concerned for Kids' Safety, DPS Says

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The husband of a woman killed in a wrong-way crash on the Loop 101 freeway on Thursday had been worried about the safety of her and their children just prior to the crash, officials said.


The Glendale woman, Patricia Evans, was killed along with her 6-year-old son in the collision, which occurred just after 8 p.m. on the 101 near the 51st Avenue freeway interchange. The woman's other son, 4, survived but is in critical condition.


We'll just go ahead and say it: When we learned this morning that Evans had the 6-year-old in the front passenger seat without a seat belt on, his younger brother unrestrained in the back seat, our first thought was, that doesn't sound like an accident.

Evans didn't have a seat belt on, either, when she began driving east in the westbound lanes of the 101. Cops say her 2000 Honda sedan ran head-on into an SUV, whose two occupants were injured.



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