Pedicab and car collided early Friday morning
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A pedicab and a car collided near Scottsdale Road and McDonald Friday morning.
Officer David Pubins of the Scottsdale Police says a pedi-cab with two adult male passengers was traveling northbound on Scottsdale Road in the median lane near Rose Lane when it was struck from behind by a Ford passenger car which was also northbound in the same lane.
The driver of the pedi-cab and one of his rear seat passengers was transported to Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn. The other passenger was transported to County Hospital.
Pubins says both passengers' injuries were very serious. The pedi-cab driver's injury at this time is not considered life threatening.
Neither the driver of the Ford, nor his two passengers were injured.
According to Pubins, alcohol on the part of the driver of the car appears to be a factor. That person was detained.
Pedicabs are legal on roadways as long as they have proper lighting, however, the cabs do leave the passengers and bicyclist exposed.
Police say it is risky to get on pedicabs, especially on a busy street like Scottsdale Road.
"..bicycles, motorcycles..all these vehicles are on the roadway, it's important that you pay attention to what vehicles are around you..many people don't do that and that's why we have situations like this," said Ofc. Casey Moore.
The two passengers in the pedi-cab were identified as Cody Clark and Michael Tysver, both 21, from Garden City, Kansas. Clark suffered severe head trauma, classified as a life-threatening injury. Tysver suffered a spine injury and is listed in serious but stable condition.
Scottsdale police arrested the car driver, 27-year-old Joseph Spano, for DUI, endangerment, and aggravated assault.