Tucson police: Elderly driver in Saturday crash involved in 2 more Monday

2010-06-07T18:11:00Z Tucson police: Elderly driver in Saturday crash involved in 2 more MondayBy Clayton R. Norman Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 07, 2010 6:11 pm  • 

An 81-year-old man who police said crashed into an east-side car wash Saturday injuring a woman was involved in a series of collisions Monday afternoon.

No one was injured in the latest incident, but police said the elderly driver told officers he had no recollection of the crashes.

Roy L. McCormick was cited with three misdemeanors Monday after colliding with two other vehicles in a rented car, said Sgt. Fabian Pacheco, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

The police department is working with the state Motor Vehicle Division for “immediate medical revocation of his driving privileges," Pacheco said.

McCormick was westbound on East Speedway in a red Pontiac sedan around 12:45 p.m. when he rear-ended a truck attempting to turn right at North Country Club Road, Pacheco said.

McCormick reversed his car and then hit the truck again before proceeding into the intersection, Pacheco said. There, his car “t-boned” another car attempting to cross the intersection.

McCormick continued to try and make it through the intersection reversing the sedan and hitting the second vehicle three more times, Pacheco said.

McCormick continued west on Speedway before turning north on Tucson Boulevard, Pacheco said.

The driver of the truck McCormick first struck followed the Pontiac up Tucson Boulevard and onto East Grant Road as McCormick turned into University Medical Center, Pacheco said.

He was at the hospital to pick up his wife after a medical appointment, he said.

Pacheco said there was extensive damage to the vehicles McCormick hit.

McCormick’s wife was in the car with him Saturday afternoon when he reportedly suffered a seizure and lost control of the 2002 Buick sedan he was driving, Pacheco said.

His wife tried to maneuver the car when McCormick lost control but it careened into the parking lot of Octopus Car Wash, at 7210 East 22nd Street, hitting a 70 year-old woman and pinning her to the building.

The injured woman is recovering from life-threatening injuries, Pacheco said.

McCormick had no recollection of any of the accidents, Pacheco said, and he appeared to have suffered some kind seizure at the time of each event.

After being arrested at UMC, McCormick was cited with three counts of leaving the scene of an accident, misdemeanors, and released, which is a common procedure in misdemeanor cases said Pacheco.

He rode home in a taxi.

Contact reporter Clayton R. Norman at 573-412 or cnorman@azstarnet.com

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