Two Scottsdale residents killed in traffic collisions within two days raised the city’s traffic fatalities to 17 for the year, police said Tuesday.
Nineteen-year-old Michael Scott died Saturday night when the driver of another car ran a red light at Granite Reef and Thomas roads and slammed into his car, Scottsdale Sgt. Doug Dirren said.
Monday, 43-year-old Jane K. Debeer died during the morning rush hour in a fourcar collision in the 8500 block of East Cactus Road.
"This was not your standard wreck either, it was kind of confusing with all the cars," Dirren said. "We’re not sure exactly to what extent, but speed was obviously a factor."
Investigators said they believe Debeer was driving her 2000 Infiniti west on Cactus when she swerved to avoid a Dodge Durango that had slowed in front of her. Her car struck the Durango and veered into oncoming traffic, where it hit a pickup truck and another car, police said. She was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The road was closed for a four-hour investigation.
Scott was driving north in a 1960s Plymouth Valiant on Granite Reef about 8 p.m. when a 19-year-old Phoenix man in a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck ran a red light and struck his vehicle, Dirren said. Scott died at the scene. Two other vehicles had minor damage.
The pickup’s driver, Diego Aguilar-Fuentes, left the scene but later returned, police said. He was arrested, booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and released. Dirren said Aguilar-Fuentes could face a manslaughter charge.
Detectives closed the road for about six hours during their investigation.