The Firefighter who crashed into a vehicle carrying an entire family, while driving a Phoenix engine company in response to a fire at a Walmart last April, was driving nearly 30 mph over the speed limit – leading up to the crash. The civilian driving the vehicle that was struck (killing his family) had a suspended license and had pot in his system.
The Phoenix Police investigation documents released today showed that the fire apparatus operator was driving at 69 mph before crashing into a Ford Ranger – containing that 20-year-old father, 19-year-old mother and their 3-month-old son.
The apparatus was responding in the opposite direction and the civilian turned left in front of the fire apparatus. The posted speed limit on the road was 40 mph. The documents released today also showed that the civilian driving did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the crash and that his driving privileges were suspended. His toxicology report also showed the presence of cannabis in his system at the time of the crash.
The engine rolled over after the crash and the 3 on board firefighters were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
It is not known why the civilian tried to turn in front of the fire apparatus, which had its emergency lights and siren on at the time of the crash.
The fire apparatus apparatus operator told investigators that he believed he was driving within the fire department’s standard procedure of 10 mph over the speed limit at the time of the crash.