Phoenix, AZ (November 25, 2019) – A woman hit a man in west Phoenix, didn’t stop to help and then tried to cover it up by saying her car was stolen, police said.
According to investigators, 40-year-old Emma Mae Marcum was driving on Thomas Road earlier this month when she hit the man just west of the crosswalk at 43rd Avenue. The crash left the pedestrian paralyzed from the neck down, and Marcum didn’t stop at the scene. Surveillance video from a nearby gas station shows that the car that hit the man had distinct five-spoke rims, court documents said. Police later learned that Marcum filed a police report, which stated that her 1998 Toyota Camry was stolen while in the parking lot at the CVS around the time of the hit-and-run crash. However, surveillance video from the CVS and nearby gas station showed that no car theft occurred.
The next day, officers were in the neighborhood of 38th Avenue and Thomas Road when they spotted the vehicle that Marcum reported stolen, which also had damage consistent with the pedestrian accident and had the distinct five-spoke rims. Police towed and impounded the vehicle, and investigators confirmed the owner was Marcum. A witness of the accident picked her photo out of a lineup, court paperwork said.
Marcum was later detained at her home. She initially denied being involved in the hit-and-run crash but then admitted to being the driver. Marcum has been charged with leaving the scene of a serious injury accident and forgery.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time.
Arizona is one of the deadliest states in the country when it comes to pedestrian accidents, with a 35 percent rise in pedestrian deaths over the last 10 years. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one pedestrian was killed every hour across the country in 2016.
Pedestrians who are struck by drivers are often left with high medical costs, long-term physical problems, and severe emotional trauma. However, the victims and families affected by these accidents can seek legal aid from a skilled personal injury lawyer.
When it comes to advocating for victims and their families after a pedestrian accident, ELG Law’s team of car accident lawyers has years of experience. Contact our accident attorneys today at (623) 562-3838 to schedule your free consultation.
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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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