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12/1/2012 9:45:00 PM
Chino Valley man dies from injuries in Hwy 89 rollover
Chino Valley Police Department/Courtesy photo
A Chino Valley man died Saturday at a Phoenix hospital from injuries he received in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 89 at Outer Loop Road.
Chino Valley Police Department/Courtesy photo
A Chino Valley man died Saturday at a Phoenix hospital from injuries he received in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 89 at Outer Loop Road.
The Daily Courier


A Chino Valley man died Saturday at a Phoenix hospital from injuries he received in a single-vehicle rollover at 12:42 a.m. on Highway 89 at Outer Loop Road.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Christopher Maldonado, 20, was driving his 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck north on Highway 89 approaching the roundabout at a high rate of speed when the truck struck a curb, became airborne, went through the center of the roundabout and rolled over, said Sgt. Vince Schaan with the Chino Valley Police Department.

Maldonado, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected. Chino Valley Fire Department and Life Line Ambulance treated Maldonado; he was then flown by Native Air to a hospital in Phoenix for further treatment.

Maldonado died at the hospital due to the severity of his injuries, Schaan said.

The Chino Valley Police Department is awaiting autopsy results from the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this collision, Schaan said.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: BW @ the wino

so we need a stoplight there so that people can be sitting at a stop light and rear ended by a drunk who didn't see the stop light. what does it matter if its a light or a circle? jeez. ...

Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Article comment by: SO SORRY FOR THIS JUDGMENTAL TOWN

ALOT OF YOU PEOPLE ARE SICK Yes, there may have been alcohol involved, and Yes that is wrong we all know this, but regardless, a young man with a bright future is no longer with us, a family is grieving, friends are grieving, and a lesson hopefully will be learned by all, including the simple practice of safty belts, hopefully many other young people and friends of this young man will have an awakening and change some ways, perhaps the "roundabout" not being there would have given light to different results....but in the end, none of that matters. Please have some sympathy, compassion, and heartfelt concern for this family and community, your inconsiderate comments are not only inappropriate but sickening to most.......please pray for CHRISTOPHERS family and friends and this community, we are not all judgemental and HEARTLESS. My daughter knows this young man and knows there was alot more to him, unfortunately one mistake took his life, please young people, learn from it and know he would want you all too, from what I understand he had such a bright future, GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!

Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Article comment by: Meaness Abounds

TO: CHRISTS CHILD et al. You're all heart. Too bad it's only the size of a fly's. May you never get treated with the total and complete lack of compassion and coldhearted meaness you display.

To The Rev: You are wrong. This is not the place for ALL words. Many comments are not allowed by the Courier according to their terms and conditions. The Courier needs to step up and show some class and compassion and put a stop to printing these mean compassionless comments. Hiding behind the 1st Amendment or the guise of someone's idea of honesty is no excuse for cruel and callous remarks when someone has lost their life and their family and friends are enduring great sorrow.


Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Article comment by: Suzi Lewis

I AM SO SORRY THAT ANOTHER YOUNG LIFE HAS GONE. WE LOST OUR GRANDSON TO A CAR ACCIDENT LAST SPRING. IT'S A SPACE THAT IS ALWAYS EMPTY AND NEVER SEEMS TO HEAL.
MY LOVE TO YOUR FAMILY..


Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Article comment by: KATE webster

TO CHRISTS CHILD: please find another "handle" for use when you comment. Your self-righteous declarations and judgment of others is very unbecoming to any "christian". Calling others "Satan-possessed" says more about you than about them. People do die in auto accidents every day-care about all of them.

Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

It is understandable people would be angered with The Mob's coldness. Regardless of subject a news story's comment section is the place for ALL words. If those words injure you turn away from the forum. Instead, when the obituary is presented, express your memories in that solemn setting.

May those truly devote of compassion discover empathy. May those knowing Christopher find peace.


Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Article comment by: TO: CHRISTS CHILD et al

People die everyday in motor vehicle collisions. Close to 40,000 every year.

This incident is not any more or any less tragic than thousands of others.

Enough with your righteous indignation with peoples' insensitive posts. If you want sympathy and solace, go to a church (they're good for that...) not a newspaper.




Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Article comment by: CHRISTS CHILD

For the love of GOD can you unfeeling ignorant selfish pontificating people HONOR the fact that his family is SUFFERING?? What a bunch of LOSERS!! Who gives a crud about the roundabout?!! A young man lost his life and the family is grieving. Keep your evil banter to yourselves.
To the family and friends of the deceased I apologize for all these uncouth,uneducated,lost souls that have half a brain and hearts as cold as SATAN himself !! Shame on YOU Courier for providing the avenue for PAIN.


Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Article comment by: kate webster

To Christopher's family-my heartfelt sympathies toward you all. I lost my son in downtown Prescott 12 years ago at the age of 19. Nobody blamed the intersection. What I can tell you is that both the media and other people can be very cruel in a situation such as this. The loss of your son may be the deepest you will ever feel. It doesn't get better with time....but eventually the wound will turn into a scar. Please ignore both the press and the people who do not understand. It matters not whether your son was taken in an auto accident, by a disease or in Afganistan-it matters that your heart is broken and you will never be the same. God's blessings on all who share in this .

Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Article comment by: Richard Marley

Sadly enough this person lost his life, but since when does it not matter that intoxication and speeding may have played a part in this tradegy. When will we learn. Very unfortunate to say the least.

Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Article comment by: Lori Rattry

As a good friend of the family , people they are going to see this , and a young mans life is lost no matter how or where , he can no longer be with his love ones. Have a heart, keep it clean, they are hurting enough.

Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: A Friend

I lost a friend, a good one too, and all you people care about is the stupid roundabout. Regardless the situation...he was a great guy and will be dearly missed. Some people in this town make me sick to my stomach.

Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: K Ledgerwood

Shame on you all for using this family's tragedy as a moment to spout an irrelevant opinion. A son died. He was a person. It matters not if he was intoxicated, speeding etc. What does matter is that Christopher's friends and family read the paper and are part of this community. Have some compassion.

Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: Exit, stage window

He must have flown out the window because the cab appears to be intact. Seatbelts are there for a reason.

Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: t c

LE needs to be more aware of the new Fain Rd widening now that it's open to traffic. They set the speed limit to 55 now & people are flying by me & I'm doing 60. Since it's widening I have not seen any LE going either way & I drive it alot at different times of day. Funny the speed was posted 65 when it was 2 lane & 55 with 4 lanes lol

Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

Nothing good happens after midnight. Rollover accident after losing control of a vehicle at a high speed and running into a roundabout barrier at 12:40 AM. I have a bad feeling about this one. It's terrible for the family, probably avoidable for the deceased.

Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: A Cruel and Thoughtless Debate

How sad, a man loses his life and only 2 people express sympathy. The rest of you vultures are arguing about the roundabout. How callous and heartless of you all. I wish the Courier would display some class and show some dignity and respect for the deceased and his family.

To the Courier I say: PLEASE STOP PRINTING THESE CRUEL THOUGHTLESS DEBATES WHEN SOMEONE HAS LOST THEIR LIFE AND LOVED ONES ARE SUFFERING!.


Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: Not the Roads

I'm sooo sorry for the loss of another young life, but it really isn't the fault of round abouts, roads, trees. Maybe the kid was not even drinking maybe have been a health issue no one knew about. The bottom line is PEOPLE take responsibilty for you OWN self. If you don't know the streets, maybe slow down and take your time, slow pokes old people well they are fine maybe if YOU slow down you won't run over them. It seems to me that excess speed is the problem anywhere not just AZ. I have people racing over the speed limit in the round about, woo hoo lets lay this buggy down, but it amazes me to pull up next to that same speeding vehicle at the red light. Come on people be responsible people.

Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: WHEELS OF DEATH

It is not myself that is confuse at roundabouts, It's the other folks I encounter on a daily basis while using them, And god forbid if your next to a eighteen wheeler.

Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: the wino

CHINO VALLEY needs to tare that monster "OUT"
how about a four-way stop light????


Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: Anne Smith

If we look at the picture of the vehicle, the cab is all together...the reason the young individual died is because he was ejected from the vehicle. He was not wearing his seatbelt! Speeding and not wearing the seatbelt are what killed the young man, not the roundabout.

Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: m m

first, I am so sorry for christopher's family, I pray your family finds peace. Second shame on you gripers, this is a tragedy. If it happened to your family I am sure your thoughts would not be complaining about the roundabouts.

Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: yeild at roundabouts

I'm sorry for the family - talk all you want about roundabouts they are here and they work if people say it's confusing your the one I worry about with all the signs entering it 25 miles an hour yield signs caution just look to your left if a vehicle is there stop how simple is that

Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: Blame anything but The driver

It is always sad when someone so young looses their life, but it does not sound as though this man was driving safely at all. Its a good thing there wasnt a second car in the roundabout at the time, or we would have 2 tragedies.Everyone is so quick to blame the traffic control device he ploughed through, but it doesn't seem you consider he was traveling at a high rate of speed, wasn't wearing his seatbelt, and for whatever reason ... didn't even see a well marked roundabout before crashing right through it. Should we start blaming stoplights for being red next time someone blows right through one and causes an accident? It's sad to say, but this young man, not the roundabout, brought this accident on himself. Had he been doing the speed limit, paying attention, and wearing his seatbelt, he would still be alive today.

Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: Speed kills

I can't understand why people think driving fast is their right of freedom.

...

What we need on the highway is some kind of EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) device that will zap any vehicle that is in excess of the speed limit more than 25 mph with emergency response vehicles emitting a pulse to shut down the device like they have to activate traffic lights.

I would rather see a guy's vehicle disabled than see him killed.



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