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Nov 15, 2012 12:54 PM by Ian Cross

Witnesses: Intoxicated woman walked in front of truck in Superior

SUPERIOR, Ariz. - Witnesses of a fatal pedestrian accident in Superior on Monday say an intoxicated woman walked in front of a commercial truck without warning and died instantly.

At about 7:50 p.m. on Monday, November 12, Superior Police responded to a 911 call regarding a pedestrian versus truck accident on Highway 60 near the Circle K. The pedestrian, later identified as 47-year-old Superior resident Elaine J. Romero, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Pinal County Sheriff's office Traffic Unit responded to assist the investigation, and learned that the driver, 29-year-old Eloy resident Matthew Hydock, was driving a commercial truck pulling a carnival amusement trailer westbound on Highway 60 at about 45 miles per hour. That's when Romero ran or walked in front of the truck in an area without a crosswalk or intersection without warning, according to a Pinal County Sheriff's Office news release.

A witness at the scene said she walked in front of the truck without warning, and other witnesses said she was intoxicated at the time of the accident. The investigation also showed that Hydock was impaired by both marijuana and pain medication at the time of the accident, the news release states. A blood sample has been taken from Hydock for analysis.

At this time, no arrest has been made, and charges are pending the results of the blood test, officials state.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Investigating fatal collisions takes subject matter expertise which our Traffic Unit was able to utilize to conduct this investigation. The Mayor and Council for the town of Superior have asked me personally for the assistance of my office because of the continuous rise in crimes occurring in their once peaceful town. Our deputies and traffic team will be conducting daily high visibility zero tolerance enforcement in an effort to assist."

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