Glendale, AZ (July 31, 2019) – The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating a deadly accident on Loop 101 in Glendale near Union Hills.
According to officials, the wrong-way crash occurred on Tuesday, July 30th, just before 11:00 p.m. The two-vehicle collision involved a wrong-way driver on L-101 at Union Hills Drive. The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a Chevrolet Malibu was reportedly traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of L-101, also known as the Agua Fria Freeway, before it hit a Nissan sedan.
The driver of the Nissan, 20-year-old Laiquan Lemon, of Goodyear, died in the accident. The suspected wrong-way driver, identified as a 22-year-old Phoenix woman, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. Authorities on the scene say that a third vehicle was sideswiped by the wrong-way driver but left the scene after speaking with investigators.
The L-101 freeway at 75th Avenue was closed for several hours, into early Wednesday morning, but has since reopened.
Arizona’s traffic deaths are on the rise, peaking at 1,000 in 2017. And when it comes to fatal wrong-way crashes, data shows that impairment, speed, and reckless or distracted driving are major factors in serious injuries and fatalities. In fact, from January through July of this year alone, troopers replied to and investigated 32 wrong-way collisions statewide, resulting in the deaths of 15 people.
From long-term injuries to exorbitant medical expenses and even job loss, unforeseen, unfortunate circumstances may plague victims and their families after a wreck. However, those affected by these collisions can contact a Phoenix wrongful death lawyer for help, and in some cases, seek justice and fair compensation from a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Our car accident attorneys at ELG Law have years of experience advocating for victims and their families affected by these serious car wrecks. Contact our knowledgeable auto accident lawyers at (623) 562-3838 to schedule your free, no-hassle consultation today.
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