Law officers have confirmed that a Pinal County woman is being investigated in connection with a crash that killed a Mesa motorcyclist Jan. 21 in Maricopa.
Pinal County Vehicular Crimes Task Force officers confirmed that Dena P. Devine is under investigation in the crash that killed Jordan Piergrossi, 47, when he struck the vehicle allegedly driven by Devine.
“The driver of a passenger car turned in front of a motorcycle,” PCSO spokesperson Lauren Reimer told InMaricopa after the crash. “DUI impairment was suspected, and blood evidence was collected for testing.”
The Pinal County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that Piergrossi died at the scene from “multiple blunt impact injuries.”
PCVCTF Officer Tyler Gordon with Eloy Police, the lead investigator in the crash probe, said a warrant was issued through Eloy Municipal Court, giving the task force access to the “black box” of the vehicle Devine was driving.
The so-called black box is a device actually known as an “event data recorder.” EDRs are found in all newer vehicles today. The device helps investigators determine who was at fault by detailing what happened in the moments before a collision.
It may take up to two months before a state lab report can confirm if the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
No charges have been filed.
Maricopa Police officers at the crash scene called in Pinal County Vehicular Crimes Task Force investigators.
When Maricopa officers arrived, they found the motorcyclist’s body in the road. It is unknown if Devine’s vehicle was at the scene when officer’s arrived.