A dispatcher from the Phoenix Fire Department died after being involved in an accident with an oncoming Suburban that was moving in the wrong direction. Her vehicle collided with the SUV while evading authorities who were making all attempts to stop the vehicle.
The 26 year old dispatcher, Megan Lange, was driving home from work in the early hours of the morning when the crash occurred. She later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The Suburban also struck two other cars that also had women behind the wheels. Both escaped with minor injuries.
The collision stopped the morning commute for the major part of the day on I-17. The law enforcement authorities and the Department of Public Safety have ascertained that the driver, 30 year old Stephen B. Martin, was driving impaired. He has been charged on many counts including endangerment and aggravated assault. The Dept. of Public Safety has said that a charge of murder in the second degree will be brought against Martin as well.
Accidents plague Phoenix freeways
This is the latest in a series of accidents that have plagued the freeways in Phoenix. In May of last year, a driver traveling in the wrong direction collided with the car of a Mesa PD officer killing him. A few days later a fatal collision between a car and a truck ended the lives of both drivers.
During the same month, about 30 miles north of Phoenix, another collision between a minivan and car resulted in the death of 3 people.
Arizona school bus collides with a woman’s car critically injuring her
An Avondale school bus carrying a passenger load of students collided with a car being driven by a woman who was seriously injured in the accident. According to witnesses, a white colored car driven by a woman who appeared to be looking down, possibly at her mobile, traveled in the wrong direction down 122nd Avenue in Avondale.
This led to a head on collision in which the 33 year old woman was critically injured. The students of Estrella High Charter were in a state of shock but were lucky to escape being injured. One of the passengers said that she was turning while the driver braked as hard as possible in an attempt to slow down and stop.
After the collision which smashed the woman’s Volkswagen sedan and pinned her inside, a US Army veteran, William Whitehead, who lives nearby, came to rescue her but was unable to do so until the paramedics and firefighters were able to move the car. A few of the students were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
A clear driving distraction
The woman driver of the Volkswagen remains in hospital in critical condition. According to Phoenix accident attorneys, there has been a significant increase in the number of accident cases in which drivers have been found to have been using their mobile devices while driving, which is the leading cause for distraction while on the road.
Phoenix accident attorneys recommend that it is always prudent to seek legal counsel and be advised of your legal rights. The state of Arizona has a two-year statute of limitation within which a lawsuit must be filed.

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