5 Injured in Rollover Crash – Speed as Factor
The northbound ramp from State Route 51 to eastbound Loop 101 had to be shut down to investigate a rollover crash involving five people under the age of 18.
Rollover Involved Five Under the Age of 18
According to Raul Garcia of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the passengers included five people under the age of 18. The vehicle hit a wall, then bounced off another wall, blew out a tire and then eventually rolled onto its roof.
Injured in Rollover Crash
According to the Phoenix Fire Department, four of the people in the car had serious injuries, with the most serious being a head injury. A 15-year-old female was unconscious when authorities arrived on the scene. There were also two 14-year-old females in the vehicle. The age of the fifth person in the vehicle is not available at this time. Except for the driver, all the occupants in the car were drunk. All five people involved were transported to two different hospitals: John C. Lincoln North Mountain and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Rollover Considered Class 1 Misdemeanor
Investigators said speed was likely a factor in the crash. Additionally, the driver of the vehicle does not have a driver’s license. The vehicle also does not belong to him, according to DPS. The consequences for driving without a valid license Arizona can be severe and is generally considered a Class 1 Misdemeanor according to Arizona Law 28-3473. A Class 1 Misdemeanor in the state of Arizona carries a maximum penalty of a $2,500 fine and 6 months in jail. Frequently the penalty issued by a judge is less, depending on the specifics of the situation. If this is the teen’s first offense, he will likely not face any jail time for driving without a license.
If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident such as a rollover, you need the expert advice of motor vehicle attorneys such as those at Personal Injury Attorneys PLLC.
Source: AZ Family, 5 young people injured in rollover crash, April 21, 2014
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