Officials have identified the wrong-way driver from Tuesday’s deadly crash in Ahwatukee.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the wrong-way driver was 63-year-old Jeremiah Trotter. The front seat passenger in the wrong-way vehicle was 28-year-old Bennett Vella. Both have died from their injuries.
According to officials, an SUV was traveling the wrong-way on the westbound I-10 transition ramp and crashed into a truck head-on. Two people in the SUV were killed and the driver and a passenger in the truck are still hospitalized in critical condition.
DPS said as of January 2016, 1,600 wrong-way incidents have been reported to the organization. Of those, 27 resulted in injuries or casualties. There have been over 100 drivers arrested on suspicion of impairment in wrong-way incidents.
- Two questions:
- Why do these keep happening?
- What is the DPS doing (if anything)?
The DPS says they it continues to “investigate” these rashes and what to do. Well, while we are waiting, 1,600 wrong-way incidents have been reported to the organization.
People are getting hurt. People are dying. Something needs to be done. California enacted measure in 1985 -- thirty-one years ago, that have reduced these incidents by more than 50%.
The Arizona DPS has still not adopted the California standards. It is still “investigating” what should be done. OMG.
For all who read this, PLEASE be careful out these., PLEASE look out for yourselves, while our highway department and law enforcement continue to think about this dangerous issue.