The driver, Andrew Whalen, a 23 year old Scottsdale resident, made statements that he fell asleep while driving. Based on the investigation, witness interviews, and Whalen’s statements, charges are being submitted to the County Attorney’s office for 2 counts of Negligent Homicide. Whalen was not booked (no photo available).
On Sunday at 10:00 AM the victims were walking southbound on the sidewalk on the west side of Scottsdale Road north of Jackrabbit when a GMC SUV drove up onto the sidewalk and struck both pedestrians then a power pole. The victims were transported to the hospital and were pronounced dead. The driver of the GMC was also transported to SHC-Osborn where he was treated and released for his non-life threatening injuries.
Alcohol is not a factor in this collision. Any possible charges for the 23 year old driver are pending further investigation.