speeding crash

As of March 15, no arrests have been made in this crash, which was reportedly caused by speeding.

Peoria crash results in fatality

A 23-year-old Surprise man died after a car crash on North 83rd Avenue, north of Peoria Avenue, around 3 a.m. March 15, according to the Peoria Police Department Sgt. Amanda Gaines. 

Chase Nelson was the passenger in a four-door white sedan that was traveling at a high rate of speed at around 3 a.m., Gaines said.

An officer noticed the vehicle speeding and attempted to stop the car. The vehicle turned around and began traveling south on 83rd Avenue at a high rate of speed. The officer radioed his colleagues to let them know of the car’s location. Moments later, the communications center received reports of a vehicle that had rolled over multiple times and then caught fire.

Preliminary investigation shows that the white sedan was traveling south on 83rd Avenue at a high rate of speed when it lost control going around the curve as the roadway turns into West Peoria Avenue, Gaines said. 

The vehicle struck the curb, causing it to roll over several times before landing and catching on fire. Nelson was ejected from the vehicle and was transported to a local hospital with significant injuries, where he later died.

The driver of the white sedan sustained serious but nonlife-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The intersection was closed for several hours during the investigation but was open for normal traffic at approximately 8:30 a.m.

The Peoria Police Department’s Traffic Services Unit is still investigating this incident; however, speed and possible impairment of the driver of the white sedan may be a factor in this crash. As of 5:30 p.m. March 15, no arrests were made and no citations were issued.


Shredding event scheduled

Benevilla’s second drive-thru community shred-a-thon fundraiser is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church’s parking lot, 13724 W. Meeker Boulevard, Sun City West. 

At the event, visitors can shred old bank and credit card statements, billing statements, receipts, tax records and documentation that are older than seven years old, medical records, credit card receipts and paycheck stubs.

Patrons must stay in their vehicle to safely drop off their documents to be shredded curbside. A minimum $4 donation per banker box of documents to be shredded; six boxes maximum. Proceeds benefit Benevilla. 

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Join the Plant-a-Tree Challenge

Throughout March and April, Peoria is hosting activities to celebrate Earth and Arbor days. 

To kick off the celebration, Peoria residents can participate in the Plant-a-Tree Challenge through April 30 to help add forest and shade coverage to the community. 

Those who plant a tree during the challenge time period are encouraged to upload the before and after photos of them planting the tree to Dropbox at http://ow.ly/HXT050DT04O. Each set of photos will be entered into the contest, and winners will be randomly selected after April 30.

For more information or to learn about other environmentally friendly activities, visit peoriaaz.gov.