Tucson, AZ (November 16, 2019) – The Tucson Police Department arrested the driver of a hit-and-run collision that left one woman dead on Tucson’s east side.
The woman was identified as 60-year-old Beverly Jones, who passed away from her injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital. Officers shut down the eastbound and westbound lanes on 22nd Street, from Wilmot Road to Craycroft Road, while investigators were on the scene. Upon arrival, officers learned the collision involved four vehicles, according to a news release.
Detectives determined that Jones was traveling eastbound on 22nd Street when she was rear-ended by a white Ford Pickup Truck. The rear-end collision forced Jones and her vehicle to flip and roll into traffic, where her car was struck by two other vehicles.
The driver fled the scene, but after detectives searched for the driver and they located him at his residence. The driver, 30-year-old Mathew Gallaher, was booked into the Pima County Jail on one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death. Additional charges are pending as investigators determined that speed was a factor in the incident.
We would like to offer our condolences to the family of Beverly Jones at this time.
Throughout Arizona, nearly 127,000 collisions occurred in 2018 alone, making it clear that car wrecks are an unfortunate reality of life. Furthermore, there has been an increase in the rate of injurious accidents and multi-car crashes across the state over the last 10 years. And many of these accidents are caused by negligent or hit-and-run drivers.
In addition to the physical and emotional trauma they’ve already sustained from being involved in an accident, victims must deal with insurance companies, negotiations with other drivers or passengers, and financial difficulties. These tragic consequences are made even worse when an accident occurs through no fault of the victim who suffers. However, those affected by these serious incidents can seek help from a personal injury lawyer and learn more about protecting their legal rights after a multi-car crash.
ELG Law’s 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 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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