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Updated Jun 29, 2012 - 10:29 pm

Naked man causes two serious accidents in Scottsdale

The suspect is shown. (Photo: @Marceline1)

A naked man in Scottsdale has caused two serious injury vehicle accidents, police said.

The first accident involved the suspect, whose car struck a convertible near Hayden and Via De Ventura Roads. The passenger of the other vehicle was ejected and has life-threatening injuries.

"The suspect that caused the collision got out of his car afterwards and stripped down naked and he hijacked a Toyota Prius," said Scottsdale Police Sgt. Mark Clark. "He did this by pulling the female driver out of the car. She was injured, but not seriously."

The suspect then drove away from the scene.

A short time later, the Prius driven by the suspect struck several vehicles near 90th Street and Shea Boulevard. Multiple serious injuries were sustained in this crash of about ten to 12 vehicles, a witness said.

"A naked man was thrown through the windshield of this Prius," said witness James Maxwell. "[The suspect] landed in the dirt next to the road. He got up and immediately jumped on -- I believe -- a gray minivan, which slammed on the brakes and the crash continued."

Maxwell said the naked man was also yelling strange things.

"He began to run around and scream, 'The Indians are coming, the Indians are coming,'" said Maxwell.

Clark said there were four injured people in the second incident, including the suspect. A pregnant woman also broke both legs.

"The suspect, after collisions with multiple vehicles, got out of his car and attempted to carjack two other vehicles unsuccessfully," said Clark. "We had an officer on the scene as this was going on who immediately took the suspect into custody without any further incident."

Clark said there were reports that the suspect had an altered state of consciousness, but they were unsure what caused it. Authorities say the man was taken to a hospital Friday afternoon to be evaluated for drug use or any mental issues.

The intersection of Hayden and Via De Ventura was closed along with Shea Boulevard between the Loop 101 and 92nd Street. Closures could be in effect until 8:00 p.m., police said.

The suspect's name wasn't immediately released. Police say he could face carjacking and felony hit-and-run charges.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.


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