Young, AZ (July 1, 2019) – A Glendale couple on a weekend retreat were injured an auto accident in Young, near Payson, on Sunday, June 30th.
The couple drove their Jeep off a cliff in the remote mountain wilderness near Payson. Shanelle Bates said she and her husband, Matthew Kunowski, were returning to their cabin late on Sunday. According to Bates, her husband was driving down the darkened Forest Service Road when they left the road and fell about 80 feet down a steep incline, with their Jeep coming to a rest at the bottom of the hill.
Bates briefly passed out after the fall, but when she awoke, she noticed her husband had been thrown from the vehicle. She crawled through the windshield and found her husband, who had apparent injuries. After leaving the accident and walking for two hours, they found help.
Emergency crews arrived on the scene and airlifted the couple to a Scottsdale hospital for treatment. Bates was discharged from the hospital Saturday, but Kunowski is still recovering.
Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families. We hope for a fast recovery for both.
There has been an increase in auto accidents involving fatalities and injuries across the state. Since 2016, there has been a steady rise in fatalities specifically from auto accidents, according to a recent report from the Arizona Department of Transportation. And now that summer is here, more traffic is on the roads, meaning more dangerous auto accidents for vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians.
These auto accidents can cause tragic, unforeseen consequences for victims and their families. But victims can contact an auto accident attorney in Phoenix for help. In some cases, attorneys can help victims and families get the fair compensation they deserve.
Our knowledgeable auto accident attorneys at Escamilla Law Group, PLLC have years of experience in helping victims and their families get justice. Contact our auto accident attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona, at (623) 562-3838 and schedule a free, no-hassle consultation for legal aid today.
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