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4/19/2013 9:59:00 PM
Letter: Truck driver's weaving caused serious accident

EDITOR:

Sunday, April 14, at approximately 10:10 a.m., my husband and I were driving east on 89A. Just west of Glassford Hill, a pickup truck wandered into our lane, causing me to overcorrect, run off the road and flip the car over. We landed in the ditch in the middle of the highway and could not open our doors. We were trapped.

Thank God for the good Samaritans and the kindness of strangers. I believe no less than 10 people stopped and came to our aid. Unfortunately, none of these people got a description of the truck. What my husband and I both remember is a mustard-brown or rusted truck, older model, possibly Chevrolet.

The truck did not stop after the accident.

If you have any information on the driver or the truck, would you be kind enough to contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety?

The strangers who stopped to help us, the Prescott Valley and Yavapai County paramedics, Life Line and the wonderful staff at YRMC West have our eternal gratitude.

Paula and Rick Mathias

Prescott Valley




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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

I'm beginning to better understand how the liberal mind works. Just like the situation where there is one gun out of millions that is used by a nutcase to shoot people, so it is NOW people want to ban pickups because one nutcase driver out of millions of pickup owners, misused his pickup. NOW there will probably be a run on buying pickups before the government bans them too. See how this liberal society works?

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

The suggestions I've seen here are easier said than done when you're not expecting such things. Maybe now she knows what to do in a similar situation. There isn't much that's scarier than people driving out of their lanes whether it's legal or not. I kind of doubt that it is legal. That's why the yellow lines are there. Glad you're alive and well, Paula.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Just Saying

Were you cited for failure to control your vehicle? You probably should have been. Keep your vehicle on the road. Flipping it probably destroyed nature and some insect's or rodent's home. Gas and oil is a hazardous substance. Perhaps you should have had hazmat called out and bill you for a thorough clean up. Next time take your foot off the accelerator. Or if a vehicle is going to make contact with you in your lane, take the hit. At least then you would be the victim.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Self righteous

Wow, people are so self righteous until they get into a situation of their own they can't control. Point is, a lot of really selfish, obnoxious drivers out there come close to causing accidents every day. Don't be so sure you would avoid an accident until you are in the same situation.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Travis T.

Nothing good ever comes from pickup trucks... Ever!

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Preskitt local

"All these cold hearted and judgemental people who responded in a condescending manner to your letter without having any knowledge of what actually happened, are the same people who voted for obama [sic]"

Wow. Everyone who is judgmental voted for Obama? If that was the case, he would have won Yavapai County in a landslide!


Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Lifelong Patriot

Paula. All these cold hearted and judgemental people who responded in a condescending manner to your letter without having any knowledge of what actually happened, are the same people who voted for obama. So right away their credibility is destroyed.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Roberts

I have to agree with most of the posters here: you did this to your own vehicle. The driver may have 'wandered" into your lane, but that's not a crime and many, many people (myself included) have dealt with a similar situation without rolling their own vehicle.


Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: liz larsen

cant tell you how many times ive almost been side swiped right there...pickups suck.....one passed me in a 25 one lane on viewpoint....omg scarey.....say bye to kids dogs or me......need more traffic cops on 69 and glassford hill....racers frm one camera to the next need to get cars or pickups impounded for reckless driving.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Judgmental Lot

So many harsh judgments from so many people that weren't even there. You all have no idea what you are talking about. Yet it doesn't stop you from your cold hearted callous comments.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Mr. Preach

Overcorrected! I see wat too many drivers overcorrect their cars when the slightest piece of paper blowas into their path. Thank our precious lord for the good sams but people ned to control their vevicles so a "chain of accidents" are prevented!!!

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Coyote Contraire™

Making Smaller Movements

Untrained drivers usually overcorrect. That error is contributory to a high percentage of accidents, particularly rolls and flips.

A good (high performance) driving school will teach you how not to do that.
'-.-'


Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Say it with me

ACCOUNTABILITY!

YOU over corrected YOUR vehicle. Regardless if you were trying to avoid another vehicle, YOU weren't driving safely or you wouldn't have rolled your vehicle. Deffensive driving is the FIRST thing you learn about in drivers education. I might suggest that you refresh yourself on that before you return behind the wheel.

It is possible that the driver of the pickup didn't see you overcorrect and wreck your car. I don't drive with my eyes glued to my rearview mirror. I check it frequently but, I am betting that it is a safe assumption that the majority of drivers are the same.

Keep looking for the vehicle that you would rather blame so that you can avoid the sitation and increase in your insurance rates. It is sad that you are trying to blame another person for your actions.


Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Cory Saz

@hey Paula and C Prescott don't you realize, it's not the way the world works now, to take responsibility for your own actions?! Ridiculous! Someone is to blame and needs to pay.

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Article comment by: C Prescott

I came up on your accident about 10 mins after it happened & several people was on the scene. I would like to plant this seed in your mind...if the other person was crossing the lane line, perhaps you should have taken your foot off the accelorator and lightly tapped your brakes. This way you would have been cleared of them. It was very windy that day. Driving at a lower speed might have helped you to control your vehicle better.

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Article comment by: Hey Paula

How did the lane incursion cause you to "overcorrect"?

Sounds like you are not willing to take responsibility for YOUR actions.


Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Article comment by: Out of your element

As the owner of an older brown pick-up, I'd like to say thanks for your detailed description, luckily, I can account for my whereabouts and that no one is being asked to report what they believe to be suspicious behavior.
Now, I'd like to suggest you get a copy of The Big Lebowski, the part where he goes looking for his stolen car, I'm sure you got the same solace from the PVPD.




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