PHOENIX, AZ — A woman, later identified as Judge Rosa Mroz, is in extremely critical condition after being struck by a car while crossing the street near 56th Street and Camelback Road. The crash happened around 9:15am on February 2, 2022.
Judge Mroz was taken to a nearby hospital. The driver of the vehicle stayed on scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Phoenix Police Sergeant Williams stated, “Preliminary information indicates the driver of the Hyundai failed to stop for a red traffic signal light.”
It is believed that Judge Mroz was crossing with the signal appropriately in the crosswalk when she was struck by the Hyundai going eastbound. Williams says it’s getting more dangerous for pedestrians in Phoenix. So far this year alone, he says, eight people have been killed while trying to cross the street.
The driver of the vehicle could be cited for failure to stop for a red light, as well as causing serious injury or death related to a traffic collision.
The AZ Hometown Lawyers sends their condolences to the family and friends of Judge Mroz.
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