Fatal accident shuts down intersection

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- A fatal accident shut down the intersection of 19th Avenue and Union Hills Drive in Phoenix Tuesday night.

Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said that at around 6:20 p.m., a motorcycle driven by an 18-year-old male was traveling westbound on West Union Hills Drive. He was reportedly riding in the center lane and approaching 19th Avenue.

At that same time, a black Honda, driven by a 56-year-old woman, was at the intersection, facing eastbound and waiting to turn north onto 19th Avenue.

The green traffic signal for east/west traffic turned to yellow, and Holmes said, according to witnesses, the motorcycle accelerated to make the light just as the Honda turned left. The motorcycle and the Honda collided.

The driver of the motorcycle received serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Honda remained at the scene.

Phoenix Police Vehicular Crimes detectives are on the scene and the intersection will be closed in all directions for the next few hours.