A San Tan Valley woman who hit a construction worker while driving under the influence also faces a charge of littering for throwing out a vodka bottle, a sheriff’s official said
Kathleen Fleetwood, 65, was booked into the Pinal County jail Tuesday and faces two counts of aggravated assault, plus criminal damage, criminal littering, driving under the influence of an intoxicating beverage and driving under the influence of an intoxicating beverage with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. Additional criminal charges are pending, Sgt. Pat Ramirez, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.
Just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, Fleetwood drove her Buick Enclave into a construction zone on North Gary Road south of West Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley, sideswiped a water truck, hit a 41-year-old construction worker, and fled the scene, Ramirez said.
“Witnesses estimate Fleetwood was driving 50 miles per hour southbound on North Gary Road, which has a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour,” Ramirez said. “She entered a marked construction zone where her vehicle drifted to the right side of the roadway, causing a sideswipe collision with a large water truck and then striking a construction worker, who was thrown through the air and landed underneath nearby construction equipment.”
The construction worker sustained serious injuries and was taken by medical helicopter to a Phoenix area hospital.
The construction site supervisor and a landscaper working nearby saw the crash and followed Fleetwood after she fled the scene, Ramirez said. They blocked her in before she could enter a gated community where she lived at North Gary Road and West Rolls Road.
While waiting for responding deputies, witnesses watched Fleetwood get out of her car, walk to a nearby bush and throw a vodka bottle into the shrubbery, Ramirez said.
“When deputies first spoke with Kathleen Fleetwood they suspected she was impaired by alcohol based on her slurred speech, poor balance and heavy odor of alcohol,” said Sheriff Paul Babeu. “She was booked into jail and was able to quickly post her $10,000 bond so she could go home. The innocent victim in this case isn’t able to go home, but is still in the hospital trying to recover from his injuries caused by Kathleen Fleetwood. The victim’s life will forever be changed due to the decision of Kathleen Fleetwood to get behind the wheel of her vehicle while impaired by alcohol.”