Phoenix, AZ (June 27, 2019) – On Wednesday night, June 26th, police responded to the scene of a hit-and-run motorcycle crash at the intersection of 24th Drive and Thunderbird Road.
A motorcyclist died in the accident that took place involving a stolen truck. The motorcyclist was identified as 58-year-old James Hawking. A second person who was on the same motorcycle, identified as a 50-year-old woman, is in critical condition at the hospital at this time.
The accident took place at 8:47 p.m. when a Honda motorcycle was in the turn lane on Thunderbird Road headed onto 24th Drive. The light turned yellow and the motorcycle failed to yield to traffic. It was struck by a Tacoma pickup truck in the intersection.
The pickup truck stopped and noticed the motorcycle but then promptly fled the scene. Officers were able to obtain the license plate information for the pickup truck and contacted the vehicle owner at his home. He told police that his truck had been stolen.
The driver of the pickup truck has not been located. At this time, their investigation into the accident continues.
We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the motorcyclist whose life was taken in this horrific accident.
Arizona is no stranger to motorcycle accidents, predominantly due to the fact that motorcycle accidents tend to happen in warm weather, which there is no shortage of across the whole state. In 2011 alone, approximately 3,058 motorcycle accidents took place in Arizona alone, some of which led to serious injuries and others that led to fatalities. Losing somebody you love in a motorcycle accident in Arizona can be one of the hardest things you will ever face and we do not want you to feel alone at this time.
At Escamilla Law Group, PLLC, our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys are prepared to help you every step of the way as you navigate the legal system following a major motorcycle accident. You and your family might be feeling lost and confused, as well as helpless as you attempt to move forward after having to say goodbye to somebody you love. If you are struggling financially after a loved one’s accident, please contact us for the help you deserve at (623) 562-3838.
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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.