Fatal car/pedestrian accident under investigation
ANTHEM – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a car/pedestrian accident that took the life of the pedestrian. The accident happened on Saturday night, at the intersection of Hastings and Hidden Treasure in Anthem.
The intersection was closed for investigation on the evening of Jan. 2. The Daisy Mountain Fire Department and MCSO Deputy Joaquin Enriquez both put out alerts on Twitter regarding the intersection closure and asking people to avoid the area.
“Maricopa County Sheriff's detectives are investigating a fatal car vs pedestrian accident in Anthem, Hidden Treasure/Hastings Way,” Enriquez posted on Saturday night.
Captain Dave Wilson of the Daisy Mountain Fire Department noted that the accident involved an elderly male pedestrian who did not survive. Sadly, the patient was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and the scene was turned over to MCSO.
“A crisis response team was specially called to assist those involved as well as bystanders dealing with emotional trauma from the tragic accident,” Wilson said.
Wilson asked community members to be mindful of the sensitive nature of tragic situations like this accident and not to let curiosity interfere with first responders’ efforts. Stopping to look at the scene or taking photos of the scene is both dangerous and disrespectful.
“When we have to ask people repeatedly to back up it takes away from attention that the patient or patients may need and more importantly deserve,” Wilson noted. “If asked to back up, please respect these requests. Remember, our priority is to protect your lives and property, in doing so we try diligently to protect your dignity with the same kindness and respect that we would expect for our loved ones.”