A Texas woman is in a coma at St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, following a two-car collision June 1.
The accident occurred at about 7 p.m., Saturday, at the intersection of Highways 188 and 87. A Ford Expedition, driven by Robert Deleon III, Mesa, was westbound on Highway 188 and failed to stop at the intersection stop sign, according to Sgt. Robert Ticer of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Deleon's vehicle collided with a Ford Ranger pickup, driven by Mark Windham of Springtown, Texas.
The Windham vehicle was northbound on Highway 87.
Deleon received only minor injuries. He was treated and released at the scene. His three-year-old son was restrained in a car seat and was uninjured.
Windham also had minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene. Windham's wife, Angela suffered severe head and facial injuries, though she was wearing a seat belt.
Mrs. Windham was air-lifted to St. Joseph's Hospital where she remains in a coma, Ticer said. Charges are pending a review by the Gila County Attorney's Office.
Ticer asked everyone to keep their eyes on the road, as it only takes a second's distraction for a tragedy to happen.
Ticer said he thinks that is the cause of the Deleon-Windham accident. He said Deleon told him he had been talking with his young son when he looked up and saw the stop sign, but there was no time to stop.