Two motorcycle accidents last week leave one person dead, others critically injured

By TARA ALATORRE

CAREFREE – Two serious motorcycle accident occurred in the north Phoenix Valley on Friday, March 1, leaving one motorcyclist driver dead and others critically injured.

The first accident occurred in the afternoon at the intersection of Cave Creek Road and Greenway Parkway.

Motorcyclist Harry Stephens, 49, entered the intersection at Greenway Parkway headed northbound on Cave Creek Road when it collided with a Toyota Corolla, according to Phoenix Police.

Stephens had a 22-year-old female passenger on his motorcycle at the time of the collision and both were thrown from the bike, with Stephens being pronounced dead on the scene, according to reports.

Other local media outlets have reported that both were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.  Also, that the woman was transported to an area hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive.

The driver of the Corolla was a 71-year-old woman, and her name has not been released at this time, but police say they do not believe speed was a factor.

The Phoenix Police investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Then a few hours later and little farther north another motorcycle and vehicle collided near 7th Street and the Carefree Highway at approximately 8:15 p.m.

The driver of the motorcycle was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries and was in critical condition.  His condition is now stable but “still considered critical,” according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).

“It appears the vehicle turned in front of the motorcycle causing a collision,” MCSO Sergeant Bryant Vanegas said.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured and remained on the scene.

Neither the motorcyclist or the driver of the vehicle were identified.

At the time this was written alcohol and speed were not being considered as factors into the accident and no citations have been issued, but the investigation is ongoing.