On Friday, January 4, 2013, at 6:15 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle collision on Bella Vista Road approximately one quarter mile west of Quail Run in San Tan Valley.
When deputies arrived on scene, they observed a 1997 Toyota 4 Runner crashed into an SRP metal power pole with a concrete retainer.
The sole occupant of the vehicle was Donna Love, (age 47 of San Tan Valley
). Ms. Love was pronounced deceased at the scene.
According to witnesses, the Toyota had been involved in a hit and run collision with a tree near Bella Vista and Hunt Highway. Following that collision, the driver began to drive recklessly, by driving through the dirt on the right side of the roadway while attempting to pass vehicles. Initial speed estimates show Ms. Love was driving the vehicle at a speed of between 70 to 80 mph at the time of the collision. The roadway is clearly posted at 45 mph in that area. Ms. Love was also not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the collision.
The investigation was completed by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit’s “Critical Accident Response Team
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “The Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force just finished conducting heavy saturation enforcement patrols throughout the holidays in an effort to remove those drivers who don’t heed our message to use a designated driver if they choose to consume alcohol. Deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office arrested over three times more people for impaired driving then just four years ago. Evidence at the scene of this crash, indicated the driver was impaired by alcohol and prescription drugs at the time of the collision