On December 16 of last year in Scottsdale, Arizona, a pedestrian-car accident caused by a teenage driver took the life of one teenage girl, and left another injured.
The incident happened just after noontime, about a mile away from Desert Mountain High School at the intersection of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Desert Cove Avenue.
Scottsdale Police Department spokesman Sergeant Mark Clark made the following statement an email to the press:
"Our investigators have learned that the two pedestrians were crossing FLW [Frank Lloyd Wright] from east to west at an unmarked crosswalk at Desert Cove."
Apparently, one driver had stopped their vehicle for the two 16-year-old girls as they proceeded off the median and began to cross the southbound lanes of Frank Lloyd Wright. Zachary Zucchini, the 16-year-old driver of a pickup truck, did not see them, however, and was unable to stop his vehicle in time, striking the two pedestrians.
Quinn West, a student at Desert Mountain, was said to have suffered severe head trauma and was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
The second girl, unnamed at this time, was treated at the hospital for more minor injuries and was later released.
Sgt. Clark stated that it did not appear that excessive speed was a factor, and noted that there were no signs that impairment played a role.
It is unclear at this time whether or not Zucchini, a Notre Dame Preparatory School student, will to be facing any charges in connection with this accident.
Clark further revealed that the girls were indeed in an unmarked crosswalk zone when they were struck, and that unless there are signed prohibiting pedestrian crossing, all intersections have crosswalks, whether or not there are actual stripes indicating them on the roadway.
The sergeant indicated that the investigation is ongoing.
What a terribly tragic event, and as a Phoenix car accident lawyer, one sees how important it is for drivers to always be vigilant of pedestrians crossing the road, crosswalk or not.
In this case, it appears that the two did in fact have the right of way, although it may confuse many because of the lack of striping on the intersection's pavement.
Our Phoenix pedestrian accident law firm offers our condolences to the family members and friends of the teenager who was killed in this tragic occurence.