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Investigation Questions Steering Lock as Cause in Fatal Arizona Cycling Collision

A report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) questioned the explanation offered by a driver involved in a deadly collision with cyclists in the vicinity of Phoenix, Arizona. The accident, which took place on February 25, 2023, claimed the lives of two cyclists and left 17 others injured on a bridge in Goodyear.

The NTSB’s findings contradict driver Pedro Quintana-Lujan’s assertion that his pickup truck’s steering had locked, causing him to lose control. Technicians observed that the truck’s steering was functional, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety also did not detect any malfunctions during their examination.

Quintana-Lujan faced initial arrest under charges including manslaughter, aggravated assault, and endangerment. Although he was released from jail following a directive for further investigation by the Maricopa County Attorney, Rachel Mitchell, and a subsequent police statement characterizing the incident as an accident, the option of felony charges was declined by Mitchell’s office.

In the wake of the NTSB’s findings, the potential for the Goodyear City Prosecutor’s Office to pursue charges against Quintana-Lujan remains uncertain.

Communication efforts directed at Goodyear authorities and Quintana-Lujan for comments on the issue have not been returned.

According to the Maricopa County Attorney’s office, earlier independent vehicle evaluations coincide with the NTSB’s findings, as

Source: Insurance Journal

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