Police have identified the man suspected of causing the four-car collision near Paradise Valley Mall on Saturday that killed one female and injured five. Barry T. Jordan, 46, of Phoenix, was being booked on one count of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault, endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident, said Sgt. Trent Crump, a Phoenix police spokesman.
The deceased is an 11 year old girl, who was riding with her mother and brother. Mother and brother are listed in critical condition.
After Jordan was released from the hospital following the morning accident, he was taken to police headquarters. Crump said the suspect refused to cooperate with detectives for an interview. Jordan has been arrested for several traffic violations in the past, Crump said.
According to police, Jordan, while driving his Toyota Tundra truck, had been speeding westbound on Cactus Road. According to witnesses, he had also been running red lights.
The truck, which was towing a trailer, crashed into three other vehicles at the intersection of Cactus and Paradise Valley Parkway.
Phoenix Police closed the intersection for the entire day, trying to determine what happened. "The most severely damaged vehicle was literally cut in half," Mure said. "It's a pretty horrific, pretty serious accident." Police spent hours just trying to ascertain which victims came from which vehicles.
Okay. Liability. Are you kidding me?????
My family and I actually got re-routed on cactus that day because of this collision. I have never seen anything quite like it. I though the road was closed for construction. In fact, the police knew that the road would be closed for so long, that they called from “Road Closed” construction signs to be placed. We could see the vehicles. Several were demolished.
Assuming the driver of the Toyota again sees the light of day anytime soon, he will not and should not get off easy on the civil side of things. Whatever the amount of insurance he has, his carrier should pay it and personally deliver it with a sincere apology to these people. However, Jordan’s conduct goes well beyond “negligent”. Under the law, we would categorize his conduct as “willful and wanton” and a “callous disregard fro the safety and lives of others”. Punitive damages are a near certainty here.
Unfortunately, the civil liability realm, the only compensation that can be provided is money, and money alone will never restore the lives or memories of these victims or their families. Mr. Jordan deserves whatever he gets. And, then more than that.
Our prayers are with these victims and their loved ones.