Phoenix, AZ (June 26, 2019) – A new report released on June 25th details the cause of an auto accident that killed Salt River officer Clayton Townsend on January 8th.
The 254-page police report obtained from the Arizona Department of Public Safety indicates that Officer Townsend started the traffic stop on Loop 101, just south of the McDowell off-ramp, on the passenger side. But when he went over to the driver’s side, he was only there for around 10 seconds before he was struck and killed. The crash has since marked a turning point in Arizona’s battle against texting and driving. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill that bans texting while driving in April, a law that will take full effect in 2021.
Now, the Maricopa County Attorney is deciding whether to file charges against the driver, who admitted he was texting at the time of the auto accident.
Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the officer’s family.
Last year, the number of fatalities as a result of auto accidents increased in Arizona. An Arizona Department of Transportation report released last week details a year-over-year increase in deadly auto accidents since 2017. And now that warmer temperatures have arrived, more traffic is on the roads, meaning a greater chance of dangerous auto accidents for vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians.
Unfortunately, the victims and families affected by these dangerous auto accidents can suffer tragic, unforeseen consequences. But those affected can contact an auto accident attorney in Phoenix for help, and in some cases, get the justice they deserve.
Our knowledgeable auto accident attorneys at Escamilla Law Group, PLLC have years of experience in helping victims and their families get their entitled compensation. Contact our auto accident attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona, at (623) 562-3838 and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.
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