An accident involving 4 vehicles and a semi truck in Parker left one dead and several seriously wounded on Sunday afternoon. The driver of the semi has been charged with second degree murder and police say they believe he was impaired.
The accident occurred around 3:30 pm. Video posted to social media appeared to show the semi traveling at a high rate of speed through the intersection at California Avenue and Riverside Drive in the town of Parker. The scene afterwards, perhaps unparalleled in severity in recent memory, was chaotic and grim as first responders attempted to identify where accident victims were located and what steps to take, amid flames that threatened to engulf the Terrible’s gas station on the intersection corner.
Parker Police Chief Michael Bailey told Parker Live that the scene involved multiple vehicles which were hit when the semi traveled through the intersection on California Avenue.
Video posted to Facebook by MNR Racing showed the semi collide with other vehicles while traveling much faster than surrounding traffic. Bailey said the truck collided with vehicles that were stopped for a red light.
A white Ford Fusion ended up on its side at Terrible’s, while a Jeep towing a trailer ended up behind the semi trailer. Another car was on its roof near the gas pumps while victims lay on the concrete being attended by members of the public waiting for medical personnel to arrive.
Bailey said, “Unfortunately, there has been one confirmed fatality associated with this collision and multiple seriously injured victims. The driver of the commercial vehicle, Karan Singh, was found after he left the scene of the collision and was transported to a local hospital to be evaluated. He was later booked into the La Paz County Jail for second degree murder and eight counts of aggravated assault. It is believed impairment was a factor in this collision.”
Responding agencies included Parker Police Department, Parker Fire Department, Town of Parker Public Works, American Medical Response, CRIT Police Department, CRIT Fire Department, La Paz County Sheriff’s Department, Buckskin Fire Department, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Department of Transportation. Parker Towing was on scene also.
The incident is being investigated. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Parker Police Sergeant Raymond Gomez.