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Driver Faces Charges in Fatal Arizona Collision as Report Questions Steering Lock Defense

GOODYEAR, Arizona — In a tragic incident that occurred a year ago near Phoenix, a driver has been indicted over a car accident that left two bicyclists dead and 17 injured, officials announced on Thursday. The collision took place on a bridge in Goodyear when the driver’s pickup allegedly suffered steering failure and plowed into a group of cyclists.

The authorities have charged Pedro Quintana-Lujan with two counts of causing death by a moving violation and nine counts of causing serious physical injury by a moving violation after the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office reversed an earlier decision not to press charges. If convicted of all counts, Quintana-Lujan could face a maximum sentence of 5 ½ years.

Earlier investigations by Goodyear police deemed the event an accident, resulting in the initial release of Quintana-Lujan after his arrest on suspicion of manslaughter, aggravated assault, and endangerment related to the fatal event.

However, this account was challenged by findings from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which concluded that there were no mechanical faults with the vehicle’s steering system, contradicting the driver’s claims. Further analysis by the Arizona Department of Public Safety corroborated the NTSB’s findings, showing no steering malfunctions on Quintana-Lujan’s pickup.


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