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Scottsdale man, 94, killed in 3-vehicle crash with USPS van

One man is dead and another was hospitalized. The Scottsdale Police Department is piecing together how the collision occurred.
Credit: 12 News

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — One 94-year-old man is dead and another is in the hospital following a three-vehicle crash in Scottsdale Sunday afternoon, the Scottsdale Police Department said.

Officials said that the crash happened around 10:30 a.m. near McDowell and Scottsdale Roads. 

Police said Donald Detzler was making a left turn to go into a private drive near Paul’s Ace Hardware. While turning left, his vehicle was hit by another vehicle going southbound on Scottsdale Road. 

Officials said the vehicle that collided with Detzler’s vehicle continued southwest and hit a USPS van that was stopped in the same private drive Detzler was trying to turn into. Detzler was transported to the hospital but did not survive, police said. 

Credit: 12 News

Police said the other vehicle's driver was transported to the hospital as a precaution. The driver of the USPS vehicle was not seriously injured. 




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The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) offers driving tips to help keep people safe on the road. 

"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website. 

ADOT's suggestions include: 

  • Don’t speed or drive aggressively 
  • Never drive while under the influence of substances 
  • Avoid distractions while driving 
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