Mesa police have arrested a 39-year-old woman who they say was the hit-and-run driver in a four-vehicle auto accident on November 12, 2008, which killed 63-year-old Ted L. Fletcher and injured two others. According to an article in the East Valley Tribune, 39-year-old Caroline Begay reportedly caused a chain reaction crash near Third Street and Country Club Drive.
Fletcher was crossing the street at an unmarked crosswalk when he was fatally struck by a truck, one of the vehicles involved in that chain-reaction auto accident caused by Begay. Police said Begay spun her rear wheels doing a complete 360 and continued southbound on South Country Club where she stopped her vehicle after making a right onto West 6th Avenue. Police also said she was “belligerent” and showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested on suspicion of fleeing the scene of an injury involved collision and DUI charges.
According to Arizona Revised Statute 28-661 (a), the driver of vehicle involved in an accident resulting in personal injury or death of a person “shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the accident scene as possible, but shall immediately return to the accident scene.” It is also illegal in the state of Arizona to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or operate a motor vehicle under the influence of any type of drug.
Begay will face criminal charges, but she should also be held civilly responsible for the injuries and death caused. If you or a loved one has been severely injured or killed because of someone else’s negligence please call an experienced and knowledgeable Phoenix personal injury lawyer to find out about your rights and legal options.