Avondale, AZ (October 28, 2019) – Officials say speed was a factor in a deadly accident that occurred early Wednesday.
Per police reports, the accident involved multiple vehicles on Buckeye Road, also known as MC-85, near El Mirage Road around 12:40 a.m. The crash killed an 18-year-old Universal Technical Institute-Avondale student, Alika Lyau-Goodwin. According to authorities, a disabled car was stopped in the eastbound lanes of Buckeye Road, with two other vehicles pulled off to the side. Those drivers, Lyau-Goodwin and 18-year-old Josiah Gerona, tried to assist the driver of the broken-down vehicle.
Both men were underneath the vehicle securing tow straps when a driver traveling eastbound rear-ended the group of cars, causing a four-vehicle pile-up to occur. A total of seven people were involved in the accident. Goodwin was transported to the hospital via ambulance in critical condition and later pronounced dead. Gerona was also taken to the hospital in critical condition but has been upgraded to stable, according to information from medical staff.
Police from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said that the driver who struck the vehicles, 23-year-old Marianna Villalobos Lopez, was brought to the hospital in stable condition. The other four people suffered only minor injuries and were not transported to the hospital.
MCSO said speed does appear to be a factor, though the crash is still being investigated by the office’s vehicular crimes detectives.
We would like to offer our condolences to the family of Alika Lyau-Goowin at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims in hopes of a full recovery.
Across Arizona, serious vehicle accidents are all too common. With nearly 127,000 incidents occurring in 2018 alone, culminating in a five-year high it’s clear that crashes are a problem statement. Furthermore, the number of injurious wrecks and crashes involving multiple vehicles has increased throughout the country over the past 10 years.
After these serious incidents, victims and their families must deal with insurance companies, long-term physical problems, emotional distress, and financial difficulties after multi-car crashes. However, those affected can seek help from a personal injury lawyer and learn more about protecting their legal rights.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident in Arizona, you should speak with a skilled wrongful death attorney at ELG Law as soon as possible. Our auto accident attorneys have years of experience fighting for victims and their families after they’ve suffered from a crash caused by the negligent actions of other drivers. Contact our car accident attorneys today at (623) 562-3838 to schedule your free, no-hassle consultation. Our lawyers are here to help you learn more about filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
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Disclaimer: As members of the local Phoenix and broader Arizona community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal advice, and you should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation.
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