Some motor vehicle accidents are considered intentional

A horrific tragedy recently occurred in an Arizona neighborhood. Motor vehicle accidents like this one tend to have lasting effects on entire communities. In this particular situation where a woman and child were severely injured as pedestrians, police say they believe the driver of the vehicle that struck them down in the street intended to do so.

There were apparently several witnesses to the grizzly scene as it unfolded on a recent Wednesday evening. A pickup truck is said to have run over a 47-year-old woman and an 11-year-old child. Shockingly, after the initial impact of the collision, the driver reportedly backed up his truck so he could drive over one of the victims again. In fact, witnesses say he continued to drive so he could hit her a third time.

At some point, two people who were standing nearby at the time were able to restrain the pickup truck driver. They kept the 45-year-old man restrained until police arrived at the scene. The victims were transported to an area hospital for emergency treatment of their injuries.

The woman was listed in critical condition. The driver was taken into police custody for questioning. Arizona motor vehicle accidents like this one often lead to criminal charges. The evidence upon which the charges are based is also often used to help substantiate personal injury claims that may be filed by recovering victims in civil court. A successfully litigated claim typically provides compensation that an injured victim may use to help meet expenses associated with the accident.

Source:, "Police: Driver accused of allegedly attempting to hit woman, child in north Phoenix", Morgan Tanabe, Nov. 29, 2017

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