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The driver (in hat) and passengers from a tractor-trailer rig talk to MPD Officer Jeff Brooks after a collision with a van. The other driver was investigated for DUI after apparently trying to execute a U-turn in front of the truck. Photo by Michelle Chance

The Maricopa Police Department is investigating a possible DUI relating to an accident involving a tractor-trailer rig on State Route 238 near milepost 43 Friday afternoon.

MPD Officer Jeff Brooks said the driver of a silver passenger van was driving west ahead of a tractor-trailer around 2:30 p.m. when the van apparently attempted to make a sudden U-turn into eastbound traffic.

Brooks said the tractor-trailer did not have time to stop before hitting the driver-side of the turning van. Police suspect the driver of the van of driving under the influence.

MPD reported the tractor-trailer had just unloaded manure prior to the collision and was returning to a nearby dairy.

Maricopa Fire/Medical Department spokesman Brad Pitassi said first responders initially reported three minor injuries, although no one was transported to the hospital.

Police temporarily detoured traffic in the area between Ralston and Loma roads. Police cleared the accident and opened the roadway at 3:38 p.m.

Photo by Will Wynne

The Department of Public Safety confirmed one man died Wednesday after a three-car collision on southbound State Route 347 north of Riggs Road.

Emergency crews transported a woman in another vehicle to Chandler Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries, and a third motorist involved in the accident was treated for neck pain, DPS spokesman Bart Graves said. The woman later died, also.

“Apparently there were two vehicles stopped [for the light] at the intersection southbound SR 347 at Riggs Road in the number one lane. A third vehicle struck both stopped vehicles,” Graves said.

DPS reported the driver who hit the other vehicles was the man who died.

“The deceased driver was not wearing a seat belt. He suffered major head trauma,” Graves said.

The accident shutdown southbound lanes while emergency crews worked the scene.

Graves said DPS is investigating whether impairment was a factor.

Photo by Mason Callejas

At least four people have been transported to the hospital after a minivan crashed through the front doors of Honeycutt Coffee Monday morning.

Police described the driver as a woman in her 40s or early 50s. Also inside the vehicle at the time of the crash was a female passenger in her 70s.

“The driver went to put the car into park, and according to her, the gas pedal went to the floor and the vehicle went through the building,” said Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado.

Police said both women were transported to Chandler Regional Hospital for possible injuries. Police are investigating whether impairment is a factor.

Around 11: 30 a.m., witnesses nearby said they heard a crash and found glass, tables and chairs strewn across the ground.

Six people were inside the building at the time, including four patrons and two employees.

Customers Adam Hanson and Justin Lunsford were sitting at a table near the entrance when the front of the vehicle plowed through.

“We were sitting right there and we heard a screeching noise and all of a sudden everything moved this way,” Hanson said.

A mother and her young daughter were at a table closest to the front doors. The mother said she and her child were thrown to the ground from the force.

Maricopa Fire/Medical Department assessed injuries of the mother and daughter, but it is unclear at this time if they were also transported to the hospital.

Alvarado confirmed at least two people inside the building have been transported for medical attention.

MPD said an officer processing the scene found medication inside the vehicle, but it still unknown if the medication belonged to the driver, what effects the medication has on the body, and even if she consumed any prior to driving, Alvarado said.

“Our drug recognition experts will be the one taking the case,” Alvarado said. “They will be doing follow-up at the hospital since the driver was already transported.”

In a scare for driver and cyclist alike, a vehicle struck a teen on a bicycle near Children's Learning Adventure. Photo by Michelle Chance

Emergency crews responded to a “pedestrian-involved accident” Friday afternoon.

A vehicle allegedly struck a 13-year-old girl riding a bicycle near the southeast parking lot of Children’s Learning Adventure near QuikTrip around 5:15 p.m., according to the Maricopa Fire/Medical Department.

MFMD Capt. Chris Bolinger said the teen did not suffer injuries in the accident.

On scene, crews told the minor to heed caution when cycling near the area’s large shrubs, which might obstruct views.

It is unknown if the driver of the vehicle is at fault.

A responding officer with the Maricopa Police Department deferred comment to the public relations department, which could not be immediately reached for comment.

A three-vehicle collision resulted in a rollover accident in Thunderbird Farms Sunday afternoon, according to the Pinal County Sherriff’s Office.

PCSO spokesperson Navideh Forghani said a woman was ejected from one of the vehicles and two children – a 9-month-old infant and a 2-year-old toddler – were passengers inside the car that flipped.

Details are developing as PCSO waits for the completed accident report. 

Nearby residents posted to social media Sunday, saying the accident took place near Warren Road and Papago Road.

Witnesses said they saw an ambulance and a medevac at the scene.

Forghani said the children’s condition is still unknown but “the woman who was ejected was conscious and walking around when deputies arrived.”

Forghani said a silver Chevrolet, a silver car and a white Chevrolet appeared to be involved in the accident.

This article will be updated as details emerge.

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Maricopa Police Department is slowing traffic on Maricopa Casa-Grande Highway after a construction vehicle tipped over on the shoulder at around 1 p.m.  

Photos taken by MPD show a dump truck lying on its side on the eastbound shoulder of MCG Highway.  

According to MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado, the dump truck, moving what appeared to be gravel, tipped over while “dumping its cargo and did it too fast.”  

No one was injured in the accident, Alvarado said. A tow truck has been called in to move the dump truck which could take a few hours.  

Both lanes remain open. However, MPD has slowed traffic in both directions as a precaution.  

A vehicle struck the front tire of a child’s bicycle Thursday morning as she attempted to peddle through a cross walk on her way to school at Leading Edge Academy, police said.

Ricky Alvarado, spokesman for the Maricopa Police Department, said the 12-year-old girl was thrown to the ground in the collision, but was not injured.

Maricopa Fire/Medical cleared the girl of injuries, and a call was made to her parents, Alvarado said.

Prior to the incident, Alvarado said MPD was working a minor vehicle accident at the intersection, causing traffic to back up in the area of Porter Road near Sequoia Pathway Academy.

As the girl approached a crosswalk near Sequoia Pathway Academy, Alvarado said a “driver waved her through, but wasn’t looking at traffic coming in the opposite direction.”

“The little girl got her bike to go across when there was another car coming in the opposite direction that couldn’t see because traffic was backed up there,” Alvarado said.

No citations were issued in the accident, in part because Alvarado said the girl rode her bicycle through the crosswalk, when bicyclists are required to walk their bikes through a crossing.

“Since technically she shouldn’t have been riding her bike across, she should have been pushing it across the street, there was no prosecution done on anybody or any violations since nobody was injured,” Alvarado said.

The driver involved in the collision was not impaired, Alvarado said. 

The issues for the Maricopa Unified School District Transportation Department continued this week.

The Maricopa Police Department cited an MUSD school bus driver Wednesday for “failure to control speed to avoid a collision” after hitting another vehicle.

“The bus was turning left onto Honeycutt Road from SR 347 and clipped the front of the vehicle that was sitting there to turn north onto John Wayne Parkway,” said MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado.

The bus driver reportedly continued east on Honeycutt Road after the accident, later telling MPD he did not know he hit the vehicle, Alvarado said.

A witness followed the bus to the transportation department building on Honeycutt Road and called MPD.

Alvarado said damage to the vehicle hit by the bus is unknown, but the report did note the vehicle was towed from the scene.

The report stated the driver of the vehicle declined medical treatment.

“The bus, once it was located at the bus barn, had a white scuff mark to the tire,” Alvarado said.

MUSD Human Resources Director Tom Beckett, who oversees the transportation department, said the district reported the accident to the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the driver will undergo a drug and alcohol screening, per school board policies.

“The driver (…) will have a court date in September,” Beckett said. “The driver has been reassigned pending the outcome of the court’s decision.” 

A collision involving a school bus stopped traffic on John Wayne Parkway Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Michelle Chance

Maricopa police are investigating a school bus-involved accident on southbound John Wayne Parkway, just north of the railroad tracks Tuesday afternoon.

Three children were on board the Maricopa Unified School District bus that was transporting students after the second day of school, said Maricopa Fire & Medical spokesman Brad Pitassi.

A blue Ford truck was involved in the accident as well, and sustained minor damage to the front of the vehicle, Pitassi said, adding there was no damage to the bus. Although MFMD reported the children did not sustain injuries, Pitassi said two of the minors were transported to Chandler Regional Center as a precaution.

“When parents of minors aren’t on scene, we ask them. And a lot of times if there is an accident they say, ‘Take them to the hospital’,” Pitassi said.

The three adults on the bus and the driver of the truck refused medical attention and reported no injuries, Pitassi said.

According to MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado, the incident is being investigated as a possible DUI, and the driver of the pickup was detained.

Arizona Department of Transportation

The Arizona Department of Transportation is reporting northbound lanes on SR 347 are now open after being closed for more than an hour due to a multi-car accident near Riggs Road.

Unconfirmed reports from bystanders indicate multiple vehicles were involved in the accident including a motorcycle, pick-up truck and semitrailer.

There are no confirmed injuries or fatalities at this time.

Updates will be made to this story as more information becomes available.

The driver of a Civic was injured when the vehicle rolled over on a dirt road. Photo by Mason Callejas

One person was hurt this afternoon when a Honda Civic rolled on a dirt road near the intersection of Farrell Road and High Lonesome Road, east of White and Parker Road.

The driver, reportedly a pizza-delivery employee, was injured when the vehicle flipped over at least once. It came to rest on all four tires on an embankment.

Maricopa Fire/Medical responded to the scene. The driver was transported by ambulance with an apparent cut to the head.


Photo by Michelle Chance

The bicyclist killed after being struck by a vehicle on State Route 238 last week has been identified as Richard L. Vaughn.

According to Maricopa Police Department, Vaughn was riding his bike east along the roadway near Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, where he was employed, at around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. A vehicle also heading east collided with Vaughn, 47. The driver called 911 to report the incident.

MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said the driver was questioned and a blood sample sent to the lab to determine if he was under the influence. There has been no report of results.

ADOT workers block SR 238 from eastbound traffic after a fatal crash Thursday morning. Photo by Michelle Chance

An accident between a vehicle and a bicycle has left one person dead this morning.

The incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. on State Route 238 about a mile west of SR 347 at Green Road near Ak-Chin Southern Dunes.

According to Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado, a 47-year-old man was dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle had called emergency services and reported striking something on the road. The driver and cyclist were both traveling west on the highway.

The driver was taken to MPD for further questioning. Alvarado said impairment has not been ruled out. A blood sample was taken and sent to the lab for analysis.

Traffic has been stopped in both directions between Edison Road (Loma) and Ralston Road. Detours have been set up. Arizona Department of Transportation is asking drivers to allow for extra time and use extra caution in the area.

MPD is still trying to notify next of kin.

MFD personnel gather to work an accident scene on John Wayne Parkway. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A four-vehicle bumper-to-bumper crash on John Wayne Parkway backed up northbound traffic Friday afternoon as first responders worked the scene. City of Maricopa Fire/Medical and Maricopa Police Department personnel were on site quickly after the accident just south of the intersection with Edison Road to evaluate any injuries and move traffic out of the area.

MPD cited inattention by the driver of a big box truck as the cause of the domino-effect impact. That truck ran into the back of a pest-control pickup truck, which hit the back of an SUV, which in turn hit another SUV, which had stopped for a red light at the intersection. A 14-year-old in the front vehicle was transported to a hospital as a precaution for neck pains.

Some fluids were detected leaking from the pest-control vehicle but were determined to be unharmful to the public. MFMD personnel used soaking agents to clear those and other liquids left at the scene. The accident was cleared by 1:30 p.m.

A crash has closed both directions of travel on State Route 347 at Riggs Road, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Specifics on the accident are not yet available. A motorist at the scene reported seeing several ambulances on site and children on the side of the road.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia said troopers are investigating a “serious injury collision involving several vehicles.”

Southbound traffic is stopped at the intersection. Troopers are directing northbound traffic onto Riggs.

There is no established freeway detour and no estimated time to reopen the roadway. Motorist should plan an alternate route.

“It appears 10 vehicles are involved in this serious injury collision which occurred at 2:47 p.m.,” DPS spokesman Bart Graves said. “Our preliminary investigation indicates this may be a cross over collision at Riggs Road at State Route 347.”

The April 24 deaths of three motorists on State Route 347 remain an ongoing investigation for the Gila River Police Department.

Julio Robles Ayala, Alfredo Ayala Jr. and Debbie Howard were traveling together with two other people when the northbound vehicle they were in crossed into the path of a southbound semi-truck, apparently a dairy truck. The three died at the scene near the junction of Maricopa Road.

According to GRPD, all three victims were Native American. Officers were unwilling to provide their community of residence or other information because of the active nature of the investigation.

Their ages ranged from 24 to 29 years old, according to Sgt. Nicholas Waterloo.

The collision occurred just after 4 a.m. GRPD has not yet determined if speed or alcohol was a factor.

The two other passengers in the car and the driver of the semi truck suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to a hospital.

It was the middle of a deadly week on SR 347. April 21, Justin Clark, 34, of Phoenix was killed when the car he was riding in crossed into oncoming traffic. April 26, David McBride, 59, of Tucson died after he apparently had a heart attack while driving into Maricopa. His vehicle left the road and crashed through a wall and into a private swimming pool. He later died at a hospital.

Alyssa Haley is a senior guard on the Maricopa High School girls' basketball team. Photo by William Lange

A two-car collision at the intersection of the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and Santa Rosa Parkway left two players from the Maricopa High School girls’ basketball team injured.

According to the police report, the accident occurred around 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 when a vehicle reportedly being driven by Alyssa Haley, a senior guard, pulled out of the Santa Rosa Parkway and collided with another vehicle traveling west on the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway. The second vehicle did not have adequate time to stop and struck Haley’s vehicle on the driver’s side door.

The collision resulted in Haley and her passenger, believed to be a freshman player at MHS, suffering injuries to their legs and backs. The two girls were transported to Chandler Regional Hospital for injuries.

Both vehicles suffered significant damage in the collision and had to be towed away.

“Senior Alyssa Haley and a freshman … were both injured in the accident,” MHS girls’ basketball head coach Melvin Mitchell said. “[The freshman] has a broken tailbone and a fractured knee. Alyssa Haley didn’t have any breaks but does not have any feeling in her legs.”

At this time the extent of Haley’s injuries are unclear.

MFD and MPD personnel were on scene to help after a crash on Smith-Enke Road sent three people to the hospital Monday. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A traffic collision at around 6 p.m. Monday sent three people to the hospital.

The two-vehicle crash occurred on Smith-Enke Road at Horton Drive in front of the  main entrance to the Lakes at Rancho El Dorado.

According to Maricopa Police Department, the driver of a Chevy Malibu failed to yield at the stop sign on Horton Drive and collided with a Dodge pickup truck. The truck came to a stop in the intersection, but the car continued to travel several yards across the roadway before striking the opposite curb and stop.

The driver of the car had to be extricated by Maricopa Fire Department. She and the two people in the truck had non-life-threatening injuries and went to Chandler Regional Hospital.

Replacing bus will cost MUSD more than $100,000

The bus apparently stalled on the tracks and the driver had to abandon the vehicle before the collision. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

With the school bus “in a million pieces,” it will take a while for Maricopa Police Department to sort out the cause of a train/bus collision Thursday night.

The Maricopa Unified School District bus was empty at the time of impact, the driver having fled the site. MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said the condition of the small bus, with pieces scattered along the tracks, will make the investigation more difficult than usual.

MPD will go through maintenance records on the vehicle in the effort to determine why it reportedly stopped functioning after the driver stopped at the tracks, which is the practice of all bus drivers.

The distressed driver was evaluated at the scene by Maricopa Fire Department and will have to undergo other tests. MUSD Human Resources Director Tom Beckett said it is policy that any driver involved in an accident is required to submit to drug and alcohol testing.

“The driver is unable to drive until the outcome of the screening is sent to the District,” Beckett said. “The District is currently following those protocols with the driver from last evening’s accident.”

Besides MPD and MFD, Union Pacific Railroad had its police on scene, and the Ak-Chin Police Department also helped, Alvarado said.

Meanwhile, MUSD has a school bus to replace.

“We estimate that the cost for a new bus to around $120,000,” Beckett said. “There will be settlement through the insurance company based on the depreciated value of the bus, but we still anticipate paying around $100,000-$110,000 for a new bus.”

A freight train stopped on the UPRR tracks at the SR 347 crossing after hitting an empty school bus. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

No one was hurt when a freight train ran into a short school bus stuck on the tracks on John Wayne Parkway this evening.

The Maricopa Unified School bus was empty except for the young driver. Following bus protocol, she had stopped at the tracks and spotted the west-bound train far down the tracks.

However, the bus remained stopped. She radioed for help after she tried to get the bus to go forward or backward without success. With the train bearing down, she grabbed her belongings, exited the bus and ran off the tracks before the collision.

The driver, sitting on the ground, was in a state of shock as friends and co-workers gathered at the scene beside the Amtrak station.

With the train finally stopped hundreds of yards past the impact, the intersection was closed. Traffic needing to cross the tracks was re-routed down Farrell Road.

Maricopa Fire Department and Maricopa Police responded to the scene. The driver’s vitals were checked, and the train and Union Pacific Railroad tracks were inspected in the dark as the investigation began.

The bus driver (in blue jacket) is consoled while examined by EMS after the close call. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
The bus driver (in blue jacket) is consoled while examined by EMS after the close call. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
Traffic was backed up in both directions at the intersection. Drivers needing to cross the tracks were re-routed to Farrell Road. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
The bus apparently stalled on the tracks and the driver had to abandon the vehicle before the train collided with it. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
The bus apparently stalled on the tracks and the driver had to abandon the vehicle before the train collided with it. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
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Jose Espinoza is charged with manslaughter in the death of his son Isaiah in a vehicle rollover two years ago.

Jose Nicasio Espinoza of Maricopa, charged with manslaughter in the death of his 6-year-old son Isaiah, went before Superior Court Judge Joseph Georgini on Tuesday in his latest hearing.

The judge set a pretrial hearing for Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m. The jury trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 22.

Espinoza, now 27, was driving a Toyota truck on Sept. 20, 2013, when he lost control on Ralston Road. The vehicle rolled several times.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, neither Jose nor Isaiah Espinoza was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and both were ejected from the truck. Jose Espinoza’s injuries were non-life-threatening, but Isaiah was pronounced dead at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.

Isaiah was a first-grader at Maricopa Elementary School.

Espinoza was accused of being under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. He was indicted by a grand jury on Sept. 3, 2014.

The name of the man killed in an accident at his home on Roan Road Tuesday has not been released.

The 58-year-old man was working on his truck with a friend on the property in the Thunderbird Farms area southwest of Maricopa.

“At some point while the two men were working on the truck, the truck engine started and it was in reverse,” Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Clark said. “The truck started to move un-piloted [and] both men tried to regain control of the truck.”

The 49-year-old friend rolled under the truck and suffered injuries to his legs, head and arms. The owner then fell under the truck, which stopped on top of him. Clark said the fatal injury was due to massive blunt force trauma.

The 49-year-old man was air-lifted to a hospital for his non-fatal injuries.

PCSO was called to the scene around 11:15 a.m. by the victim’s wife. When detectives arrived, they found him deceased.