Kingman, AZ — There was an accident reported last Tuesday (April 21, 2015) that left a local Kingman woman injured, 66-year old Judie Marion kovarik. Police said that the accident in the morning hours when Kovarik’s car was hit nearly head-on by a flatbed truck on Andy Devine Avenue.
The news said that Kovarik had been driving west along Andy Devine Avenue in her Ford Taurus that morning when she started to drive in the center turn lane, which also functions as a median.
As Kovarik drove along the road, her car was hit by a flatbed truck that was trying to make a left turn from Navajo Street onto Andy Devine.
The two vehicles collided nearly head-on and Kovarik was seriously hurt as a result. The truck driver, Phillip Regan, was not harmed by the accident. So far, police are trying to figure out why Mrs. Kovarik was driving in the center turn lane that morning.
Map of the Accident
View from the Road
The news seems focused on why the woman here was driving in the center lane (which is odd, granted), but I think they might be focused on the wrong issue. If this flatbed truck was making a left turn onto Andy Devine Avenue, then he would have had to yield to traffic, including someone driving the center turn lane.
I’m not saying that the accident should be entirely blamed on the flatbed truck, but I am wondering out loud why the trucker didn’t see the woman’s car and wait to turn? One of the news reports said that this woman had been in the center turn lane for some time before the wreck, so the trucker should have had plenty of time to see her. Again, I’m not trying to make accusations here because I didn’t witness this wreck, but something doesn’t quite add up.
— Grossman Law Offices