Avondale police arrested one of the drivers involved in a four-vehicle DUI accident that left a young girl dead and three other people injured on September 27. The crash occurred Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Dysart and Osborn Roads.
Tollie Matthews was arrested for his role in the crash and charged with reckless manslaughter, aggravated assault, and endangered and aggravated DUI, police said. According to the authorities, Matthews crashed into another vehicle as both were traveling southbound on Dysart Road. This collision caused the other vehicle to cross over a raised median and collide with another vehicle traveling northbound.
The girl who died in the accident has been identified as Amanda Moreno, who was a senior at Agua Fria High School. Another victim of the crash remains hospitalized in critical condition with several broken bones.
According to court records, Matthews had a prior DUI conviction and was required to drive a vehicle with an ignition interlock device. However, police say that the car he was driving at the time of the accident did not have that device.
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Attorney Kevin Biniazin helps drunk driving victims and their families recover the financial compensation they deserve for the damages they’ve suffered. We’ve asked him to discuss the legal options of these victims in Arizona:
Arizona is one of many states that allow those who have been injured in alcohol-related accidents, along with the families of those killed in them, to file lawsuits against both the person who caused the accident and alcohol vendors who provided alcohol to the intoxicated person (depending on circumstances). The claims filed against vendors are known as “dram shop” lawsuits.
According to Arizona’s dram shop laws, liquor licensees can be held liable for selling alcohol to either:
When someone causes an alcohol-related crash and either of these two circumstances apply, those injured in the crash and the families of fatal crash victims may have the right to file a dram shop lawsuit against the business who provided alcohol to the drunk driver prior to the accident.
If you or someone you love was recently hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your family’s legal options in a free consultation with one of our DUI victims lawyers.