Three people were injured when a car slammed into a pedicab on Scottsdale Road early Friday morning. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the wreck.
It happened at about 3 a.m. near Rose Lane just north of McDonald Drive.
According to Officer David Pubins of the Scottsdale Police Department, the pedicab, carrying two men, was heading north on Scottsdale Road. The pedicab was in the median lane to make a left turn when a Ford traveling the same direction hit it from behind.
The pedicab driver, identified as Saipaia J. Tavake, and one of his passengers were taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. The other passenger was taken to Maricopa Medical Center.
Police say the two passengers, Cody Clark and Michael Tysver, both 21, from Great Bend, Kan., suffered serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. Clark suffered severe head trauma and is still fighting for his life. Tysver suffered a spine injury and is listed serious but stable condition.
Tavake’s injuries were less serious. He was treated and released from the hospital.
Police have identified Joseph Paul Spano, 27, as the driver of the Ford. He was not hurt in the wreck, but video from the scene showed major damage to the front his car.
“Police investigating the collision observed signs of impairment on Mr. Spano, which lead to his arrest for DUI, Endangerment and Aggravated Assault,” reads the incident summary on the Scottsdale Police Department’s website.