Women, child struck by vehicle while in a crosswalk in downtown Cave Creek

By TARA ALATORRE

Pictured: The scene of an accident involving a vehicle striking three pedestrians in a crosswalk in Cave Creek. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Rust
Pictured: The scene of an accident involving a vehicle striking three pedestrians in a crosswalk in Cave Creek. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Rust

CAVE CREEK – Two women and a three-year-old boy were struck by a car while walking in a crosswalk near El Encanto restaurant in downtown Cave Creek on the evening of February 9.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies were dispatched to Cave Creek Road and Linda Drive at approximately 6:30 p.m. when the driver, 69-year-old Janice Judy a resident of Cave Creek, allegedly failed to yield at the crosswalk, hitting the pedestrians.

One woman was transported in stable condition to a local hospital, suffering multiple breaks in her hip and other injuries.  The other woman and toddler refused transportation, but both suffered from minor injuries including road rash, according to MCSO Deputy Sgt. Calbert Gillett.

The victims were out-of-state visitors staying at a casita in Tumbleweed Hotel and theywere all related.

The woman who was transported to the hospital visits Cave Creek every year. Her daughter and grandson, who were the other victims, arrived on February 8, for their first time visiting the town, according to someone close with the victim who wished to remain anonymous.

The family was taking pictures of the sunset over El Encanto moments before they entered the crosswalk, the source said.

“She entered and they proceeded when it was clear,” the source said, while recounting the victim’s story with The Foothills Focus. “She [the victim] told me it seems she came out of nowhere. She hit the hood and saw the woman. She landed on her hip. Her daughter went down, and grandson jolted from his mom’s arms.”

Judy was cited by MCSO for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.  Speed and impairment from drugs and alcohol were absolutely not a factor in the accident, so no field sobriety test was administered, according to MCSO.

“It was dark,” MCSO Captain Dan Whelan said in a phone interview. “She braked near the crosswalk but then proceeded because she did not see them.”

Cave Creek residents have showed an outpouring of support towards the victims bringing cards, flowers and well-wishes to the Tumbleweed Hotel.

The victim was released from the hospital on February 11, according to the victim’s friends.