According to Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office Spokesman Jeffrey Sprong, nineteen-year-old (19) Dylan Blecher was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle in north Peoria on Monday evening. The accident occurred on 115th Avenue and Happy Valley Parkway when a Ford F250 made a left turn onto 115th Avenue and struck Mr. Blecher’s motorcycle as he was riding through the intersection. Officials believe the man driving the pickup truck did not see Mr. Blecher prior to hitting him. Although the investigation did not indicate that the driver of the pickup truck was impaired, Officials said he may still be facing charges. Mr. Blecher was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
When a person dies as the result of a car accident, the person at fault for the accident may face charges such as negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter, and second degree murder. According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1102, “A person commits negligent homicide if with criminal negligence the person causes the death of another person . . . .” According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1103, “A person commits manslaughter by: (1) recklessly causing the death of another person . . . .” Finally, according to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1104, “A person commits second-degree murder if without premeditation . . . (3) Under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life, the person recklessly engages in conduct that creates a grave risk of death and thereby causes the death of another person . . . .” Under Arizona law, negligent homicide is a Class 4 felony that can result in imprisonment for up to 3.75 years in prison for the first offense, manslaughter is a Class 2 Felony that can result in imprisonment for up to 12.5 years for the first offense, and second-degree murder is a Class 1 Felony that can result in imprisonment for up to twenty-two (22) years for the first offense.
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