A motorcyclist died last Tuesday night after colliding with a vehicle at a north Phoenix intersection, according to Phoenix Police.
Witnesses said the 18-year-old male rider was heading west on Union Hills Drive, approaching 19th Avenue where a vehicle facing east was waiting to turn left.
As the light turned yellow, the motorcycle rider sped up as the driver of the vehicle turned into his path.
The vehicle’s driver, a 56-year-old woman, remained at the scene while police investigated. The motorcyclist was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.
A lot of questions here:
- Was he wearing a helmet?
- Why did he “speed up” on a yellow light?
- What was his speed at the time of the crash?
Under Arizona law, there is potential that BOTH drivers have responsibility here. “Yellow” does not mean “go faster”. At the same time, a driver intending to make a left turn at an intersection has a duty to “yield right of way” to others in the area that “present a hazard” to their path of travel.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this tragedy.