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The rider of an ATV involved in an accident Thursday night was actually injured in a collision with a car. 

He was identified by Maricopa police as Arturo Bandin.  

Despite earlier reports, police now say the all-terrain vehicle collided with a Honda Civic on Honeycutt Road at the entrance to Glennwilde about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. They believe Bandin was under the influence of alcohol before the collision.   

According to police, in the minutes before the crash, they received a report that Bandin had left his home in an impaired state. During a search for him, officers were interviewing family members at a home on Pershing Avenue when a report of an ATV crash came in.  

At the scene, a female driver of the Civic and her male passenger told police they were heading west on Honeycutt Road and attempted to turn into the Glennwilde subdivision when the ATV, allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed without its headlights on, collided with their car. 

The driver reported she saw the ATV too late to react, police said. 

Police, who recognized Bandin from previous contacts, found him conscious at the scene and able to answer basic questions. He was bleeding from his head and limbs, police said. 

In the incident report, an officer wrote that “due to concerns over COVID-19 I avoided getting too close to Arturo’s mouth and face so I was not able to determine if there was an odor of an intoxicating beverage.” 

Bandin allegedly told police that he had not come from home, but was going from one friend’s house to another. According to police, Bandin’s father told them his son had drunk “way too much” prior to leaving on the ATV.

Bandin was taken to Chandler Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. He was subsequently taken into custody by a deputy U.S. marshal on a federal warrant. Results of blood tests on the DUI charges are still pending, authorities said. 

 

Around 7:30 p.m. Thursday police responded to a call of a one-vehicle accident involving an ATV at the corner of Glennwilde and Honeycutt Road. While still under investigation, the rider is suspected of being impaired.

The rider was not wearing any protective equipment when the accident occurred, according to Maricopa Police Department. Details are still being gathered on exactly what happened.

Maricopa locals claiming to be witnesses to the accident said the rider was driving the ATV with no lights on before the incident. Afterward, by-passers said he bleeding from a head injury. The identity of the rider has not been released as the investigation is still open.

“(The) rider was transported to a valley hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Charges pending blood results,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said.

Further information will be updated as it becomes available.

A car flipped on its roof after a collision on SR 347 at Cobblestone North.

What police describe as a two-vehicle, non-injury accident knocked out traffic lights on State Route 347 at Lakeview Drive/Cobblestone North.

The collision of the two cars was in the southbound lanes. Speed and impairment are factors, according to Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado.

On vehicle rolled over in the incident and landed on its roof. Both vehicles suffered heavy damage.

Police blocked approaches to the intersection from Cobblestone Farms and Rancho El Dorado while officers directed traffic through the intersection on SR 347.

The traffic light control box was damaged in the collision.

A collision on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway today claimed a life. The incident occurred around 3:45 p.m.

Maricopa Police Department described the two vehicles involved in the fatal incident as a commercial vehicle and a small SUV. Maricopa Fire/Medical Department stated it was a head-on collision near the junction of Hartman Road.

MPD immediately detoured traffic off the stretch of MCGH between Hartman Road and White and Parker Road. The possible cause of the collision and the identity of those involved are not yet available.

MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said the victim was a 75-year-old female from the Stanfield area, but no name is being released. “We aren’t going to release it at this time per the family’s request,” he said.

It is the second death on Maricopa roads this week. A Mesa resident died in a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver on State Route 347 near Casa Blanca Road early Monday morning.

The victim in the fatal, two-vehicle collision involving a wrong-way driver that occurred on State Route 347 Sunday has been identified as Ma C. Ponce, 67, from Mesa, according to the Department of Public Safety.

“[The] name of the wrong-way driver cannot be provided at this time due to the fact that he is hospitalized,” said DPS spokesman Bart Graves. “The male, age 31, is from Maricopa and charges are pending his release from the hospital.”

According to the initial report from DPS, the wrong-way driver was traveling north in the southbound lanes around midnight Sunday when he impacted another vehicle head-on.

More information will be provided once the investigation has concluded.

 

First responders and witnesses at the scene. Photos by Kyle Norby

A vehicle rolled over on the 238 highway around 10 a.m. Friday.

The vehicle was traveling west on State Route 238 when it attempted to pass another westbound vehicle, misjudging the timing of a vehicle traveling east. The westbound driver swerved off the road into an Electrical District No. 3 powerline pole and rolled. Two people and two dogs were in the vehicle.

“The 2 occupants being transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said.

One dog is currently missing.

A man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash in Maricopa early Thursday morning.

A 20-year-old man, identified as Briar Mckay Hoover, was in a car with his father when an argument began. The man fell out of the vehicle near S.R. 347 and Smith Enke Road and was struck by another vehicle. Reports by police state the vehicle the male fell out of did remain on scene. All traffic on westbound Smith Enke has reopened to traffic. All road closures due to the accident have been removed.

The other vehicle said to be a “dark-colored” sedan fled the scene.

“We are still investigating what happened,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said.

Live traffic camera stream available here.

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One person was reported injured in a two-vehicle collision on the State Route 347 overpass Monday after 3 p.m.

The vehicles collided in the northbound lanes, and one car flipped on its side. Lanes were closed to traffic while first responders worked the scene.

Photo by Kyle Norby

According to Maricopa Fire/Medical Department, a 25-year-old man was transported to Chandler Regional Medical Center with “minor extremity injuries.”

Maricopa Police Department is investigating the incident.

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First responders arrived on the scene of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at the trafficway leading into the Sequoia Pathway parking lot Monday afternoon.

The victim was reported to be a 13-year-old male.

On the scene, the boy could be seen having trouble standing on his right leg, but no serious injuries were reported at this time. The collision was at low speed, according to reports.

“The 13-year-old ran into the trafficway,” Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado stated. “No impairment is suspected at this time on either party.”

 

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At least one person was injured in a collision this morning at the intersection of Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and White and Parker Road.

Maricopa Police spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said it appeared a car ran into the back of a box truck. A piece of the two-door Hyundai Accent was still attached to the truck when first responders arrived.

Maricopa Fire/Medical Department personnel extracted a person from the car.

The road was closed in all direction as the patient was treated and police investigated.

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A 76-year-old male driver died in a crash on State Route 347 today at the Riggs Road intersection, according to the Department of Public Safety.

He was the only occupant of a Honda Pilot that was traveling north when it swerved right, struck a post and rolled onto its roof. The collision was reported to DPS at 4:26 p.m.

The driver’s identification has not yet been made public. He is from Maricopa.

SR 347 northbound was closed for a time, but the left lane has opened, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The southbound lanes are not affected.

 

 

Three people were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A collision at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Maricopa Road next to Copper Sky Regional Park resulted in non-life-threatening injuries Friday evening.

It is suspected a southbound vehicle turned left in front of northbound traffic and collided with the second vehicle, according to Maricopa Police Department. Three people were transported to a hospital as a precaution.

MPD, City of Maricopa Fire/Medical Department, AMR and Ak-Chin Police responded to the scene. Police directed northbound traffic around the incident, but MLK Boulevard was blocked off as first responders worked.

 

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Interstate 10 westbound is closed south of the Valley at milepost 164, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The closure is due to a crash. There is no estimated reopening time.

Traffic is passing on the shoulder, however backups are expected. To avoid delays, motorists can take State Route 587 north to State Route 87 north. Motorists can then take Loop 202 Santan west to re-enter I-10.

An officer checks out an Acura while the driver is arrested behind him in the window's reflection after an afternoon collision on John Wayne Parkway. Photos by Kyle Norby

A rollover accident in the southbound lanes of John Wayne Parkway north of Smith-Enke Road stopped traffic next to Cobblestone Farms at the beginning of rush hour.

The incident involved two vehicles at the intersection of JWP and Cobblestone Drive. An Acura collided with a Nissan Armada, and the Acura rolled up on its side.

First responders checked out both drivers at the scene. The driver of the Acura was cuffed by Maricopa Police Department on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

According to MPD, the Acura swerved to avoid another vehicle and clipped the Armada, which suffered tire and back end damage.

At least one person was injured when cars collided. Photo by Kyle Norby

A traffic collision at the intersection of Smith-Enke Road and Desert Greens Drive resulted in injuries to at least one person, who needed a team of first responders to be extracted from the vehicle. The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. as one vehicle on Desert Greens collided with the driver’s side front end of the other sedan. Only one lane of traffic was blocked as police and fire worked the scene. AMR ambulance also responded.

A 26-year-old man suspected of driving while impaired is being blamed for a crash on State Route 347 south of Maricopa Wednesday night. The collision sent a family to the hospital.

According to the Department of Public Safety, troopers received a report at 8:16 p.m. that a Dodge pickup was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes at Clayton Road. Shortly after, calls reported the pickup had collided head-on with an SUV near Miller Road.

A 32-year-old woman and three children, ages 15, 12 and 9, were in the SUV. According to DPS, all of them and the driver of the pickup were able to exit their vehicles. Both the pickup and the SUV then caught fire and became fully engulfed.

The woman and children were injured and transported to a hospital. One was reportedly air-lifted. The woman has since been released. The pickup driver is being investigated for impairment and was taken to Pinal County Jail.

First responders prepare to transport and injured man to an ambulance in Maricopa Meadows. Photo by Kyle Norby

A pedestrian crossing a boulevard in Maricopa Meadows was struck by a minivan and had to be transported to a hospital Tuesday afternoon.

According to Maricopa Police Department, the 69-year-old man was on a push scooter when he crossed in front of traffic mid-block in a location without a crosswalk. The white minivan was traveling about 30 mph when it collided with him, MPD estimated.

The man reportedly suffered head and leg injuries and was transported to a trauma center.

The incident was at the curve of Hogenes Boulevard and Bowlin Road at Orchid Avenue.

 

 

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Department of Public Safety is investigating the cause of a five-vehicle collision that claimed the lives of a Maricopa woman and two children Wednesday.

The fiery crash occurred at approximately 9:52 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 between Wild Horse Pass Boulevard and Queen Creek Road.

Kim Frankel, 46, who had been a long-time teacher at Maricopa Unified School District, and her two young passengers, described as infants by DPS, were declared deceased at the scene.

The roadside tragedy was initiated in the eastbound lanes.

A 41-year-old commercial tractor-trailer driver from Mesa was traveling east on I-10 when he veered sharply left for an unknown reason. The tractor trailer struck a Chevy Tahoe, sending both vehicles through the median and over the cable barriers into westbound traffic.

Three vehicles, including the Toyota van driven by Frankel, were struck by the tractor-trailer rig.

Frankel’s van and the tractor trailer reportedly burst into flames after the crash, according to DPS. The driver of the tractor trailer sustained injuries and was transported to the hospital.

Two adults and two juvenile passengers in other vehicles were also transported to nearby hospitals for injuries.

The fatal crash shutdown the major artery into Phoenix for the entire day. Westbound lanes reopened around 6:45 p.m. that evening.

The DPS investigation is still ongoing.

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Troopers with the Arizona Department of Safety are investigating the cause of a one-vehicle accident on State Route 347 Tuesday morning.

The rollover crash reportedly occurred Aug. 28 at approximately 8:38 a.m. about a half-mile south of Casa Blanca Road.

“Preliminary information is the female driver of a passenger vehicle lost control of the vehicle, which rolled over and into a fence,” said DPS spokesman Quentin Mehr.

Emergency responders transported the driver to Chandler Regional Hospital. The extent of her injuries is unknown at this time.

Traffic in the area is slowed, but no lane closures are reported.

 

 

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At least one person was injured in a collision Thursday at the intersection of Porter Road and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.

A PT Cruiser and a pickup truck were involved in the incident, which caused temporary lane closures. A woman was described as having lacerations from broken glass.

MPD is directing traffic at the location while investigating. The incident occurred around noon.

Thomas Sikes (left) and Bryon Carrillo face charges after a crash killed two of their friends Sunday. MCSO photos

 

Detectives arrested two men from Maricopa in connection to a fatal accident that claimed the life of two other passengers in the Valley.

The one-vehicle crash reportedly occurred Sunday at approximately 1:30 a.m. on southbound State Route 143 near the Interstate 10 junction. Maricopa resident Johnnie Verdoza, 21, and Carlos E. Monteverde Garcia, 25, from Sonora, Mexico, were killed in the wreck, according to DPS.

The alleged driver, 22-year-old Thomas Robert Sikes, is facing two counts of suspicion of manslaughter and one count of endangerment. Sikes’ passenger, Bryon Jesus Carrillo, 21, is accused of obstruction of a criminal investigation.

The heavily damaged 2015 Nissan passenger vehicle was discovered during the early morning hours of Aug. 19 by a DPS trooper responding to a report of an unknown injury crash.

“After a walk though of the area, the trooper was unable to locate the driver of the vehicle or victims from the crash,” the DPS news release states.

The bodies of the victims were eventually discovered hours later.

At 9 p.m. Aug. 19, family members of one of the victims found the bodies approximately 50 feet south of the crash scene. The family tracked a cell phone signal to the location and reported it to Phoenix Police.

The DPS report states the bodies appeared to have been concealed with foliage.

The Pinal County Sherriff’s Office later notified DPS they received a call from Carrillo, a surviving passenger.

Adriana Colin-Lemus has also been charged in the incident. MCSO photo

Carrillo reportedly told law enforcement he and his friends were headed home to Maricopa after leaving a bar in Tempe at the time of the crash.

The report includes Carrillo’s recollection of what came after the wreck. He describes climbing out of the vehicle and his unsuccessful attempt to locate the two friends allegedly missing from the car.

Carrillo accused Sikes of encouraging him to leave the area together, according to the report.

Later, Sikes’ girlfriend reportedly picked up the pair at a nearby gas station. None of them called emergency responders to report the fatal crash, DPS said.

The girlfriend, 25-year-old Adriana Colin-Lemus of Peoria, is suspected of hindering prosecution.

Sikes, Carrillo and Colin-Lemus and are being held in Maricopa County Jail.

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Emergency crews transported one occupant with non-life-threatening injuries to the hospital Tuesday after a two-vehicle accident on John Wayne Parkway near The Shops at Maricopa Fiesta.

Maricopa Police Department Spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said a southbound vehicle failed to stop at a red light and struck a sedan attempting to turn south on JWP from Fry’s Marketplace at approximately 2:57 p.m.

The driver of the other vehicle was reportedly uninjured. Two other occupants inside the sedan that was hit did not require transport to the hospital, Alvarado said.

The collision delayed southbound traffic until MPD cleared the scene around an hour later.

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The Maricopa Fire/Medical Department responded Tuesday to an accident involving two vehicles on John Wayne Parkway.

The incident occurred in an intersection near The Shops at Maricopa Fiesta. Emergency crews were still assisting a passenger in a silver-colored sedan at 3:15 p.m.

A digital community alert sent by the Maricopa Police Department warned afternoon motorists to expect delays. Injuries are reported.

This is a developing story.

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One of the vehicles involved in a multi-car collision. Photos by Amelia and Daisy Guzman

No serious injuries were reported in a five-vehicle collision on northbound State Route 347.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said five people reported very minor injuries and no one was transported to a hospital. Vehicles, however, were transported from the scene.

The incident occurred at 10:28 a.m. at milepost 185 where blowing dust obscured visibility. Traffic was slowed as state troopers and other law enforcement responded to the scene, but the road was not closed.

Blowing dust continues to be an issue between the gravel pit road and Riggs Road, and motorists are urged to drive with caution.

Northbound traffic on SR 347 north of the gravel pit is at a near stand-still as troopers work a five-vehicle crash in the blowing dust. ADOT photo

A multi-vehicle accident on State Route 347 north of the gravel pit stopped northbound traffic this morning.

According to the Department of Public Safety, five vehicles were involved. The incident occurred at milepost 185 at around 10:28 a.m.

“Troopers and emergency personnel are on scene working to clear the road,” said DPS spokesman Quentin Mehr. “At this time, I do not have information on the number of injuries or severity.”

Blowing dust has been affecting the flow of traffic all morning on SR 347, and dust has been particularly heavy in that area.

Southbound traffic is meeting a wall of blowing dust on SR 347. ADOT photo

Three vehicles were involved in a collision Friday afternoon that closed lanes of State Route 347 south of Interstate 10 and sent at least one woman to the hospital.

The accidents occurred around 2:43 p.m. in the southbound lanes when a Ford passenger vehicle “was traveling at a high rate of speed on the shoulder and then spun out striking several other vehicles,” said Bart Graves, Department of Public Safety Spokesman.

One vehicle reportedly rolled over. DPS said at least two people are injured.

A lane in each direction were open as of 3:35 p.m. Southbound lanes opened at 3:47 p.m.

Two juveniles in a crosswalk were injured Monday when they were struck by a vehicle making a left turn.

According to Maricopa Police Department, the two juveniles had the right of way while crossing State Route 347 on Bowlin Road at around 6:24 p.m. The vehicle, driven by Izmenia Ledezma, was traveling east on Bowlin and turning north onto SR 347.

The juveniles suffered minor injuries, described as scrapes and bruises, but no broken bones. They were transported to a hospital as a precaution.

Ledezma stopped after the collision.

According to MPD, she was cited for failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

 

A Maricopa woman died Monday night after a wrong-way driver collided with her vehicle on State Route 347 near Riggs Road, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

A vehicle driven by Julissa Torres, 26, was struck head-on by a motorist traveling northbound in the southbound lane at approximately 8:22 p.m. on May 14. The local woman was pronounced dead on-scene.

The driver of the alleged at-fault vehicle, 70-year-old Karen Ankiewicz of Sun City West, was also deceased when emergency crews arrived, DPS said.

Investigators do not know if impairment or a medical issue were factors. DPS said the investigation is on-going.

A 26-year-old man and a 4-year-old child inside Torres’ red 2010 Chrysler 300 were admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening-injuries. A 1-year-old child in the same vehicle was evaluated and released, according to DPS.

The wrong-way fatal collision caused a third accident involving a white 2002 Pontiac sedan. DPS said a 57-year-old male driver struck Torres’ vehicle after the initial collision. That driver and a 13-year-old passenger were admitted to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A 15-year-old passenger was treated and released, DPS said.

The southbound lanes re-opened shortly before 4 a.m., May 15.

 

A near head-on collision on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway Thursday resulted in a flipped vehicle and a trapped driver but no life-threatening injuries, according to Maricopa Police Department.

The incident happened after 6 p.m. east of the intersection with White and Parker Road.

MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said a westbound vehicle crossed over the center line and hit an eastbound vehicle.

“The westbound vehicle from the impact lost control and flipped over,” Alvarado said. “The driver of the westbound car was trapped.”

That driver was extricated by Maricopa Fire/Medical Department. While that work was going on, MPD shut down traffic between White and Parker Road and Murphy Road. The roadway was reopened around 8 p.m.

“The driver of the westbound vehicle was cited for failure to maintain one lane and transported to Chandler with non-life-threatening injuries,” Alvarado said. “The driver of the eastbound car was not injured.”


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Two young people were treated on scene by first responders. Photo by Mason Callejas

An collision snarled traffic at a busy intersection Thursday afternoon as schools were dismissing classes.

Maricopa Police Department reported no serious injuries, though two juveniles in one of the vehicles complained of stomach pain and were treated on scene at Honeycutt and Porter roads.

According to MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado, a southbound van on Porter collided with a northbound Jeep trying to turn left onto Honeycutt Road. The juveniles were passengers in the Jeep. The investigation became a matter of what color the north-south traffic lights were.

Photo by Mason Callejas

“The driver of the Jeep stated the light was red,” Alvarado said. “The driver of the van said the light was yellow. An independent witness at the scene said the light was green.”

Police sided with the independent witness and cited the Jeep driver for causing an accident.

Neither vehicle sustained serious damage and both were able to be driven from the scene. 


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