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Valley woman asked a motorist to call 911. She then got fatally hit by a car

Police identified 41-year-old Candice Russell as the victim of a traffic crash that happened early Monday morning.

PHOENIX — A Valley woman has died after a car she had flagged down for help was pushed into her by another vehicle. Although no arrests have been made, investigations are still ongoing.

According to a police report, 41-year-old Candice Russell had waved down a car near 9th Avenue and Buckeye Road around 4:45 a.m. Monday and asked the driver to call 911.

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Russell and the vehicle were allegedly stopped in the roadway on Buckeye Road when a second car swerved to avoid hitting the stopped vehicle.

The second car then sideswiped the stopped car, which pushed was into Russell after the initial impact, police said.

Russell was critically injured by the impact and was rushed to the hospital, where she later passed away due to her injuries. Neither of the two drivers required transport to the hospital. 

Phoenix police are currently investigating what led up to the crash, and no arrests have been made at this time. 

Right now, it is unclear why Russell needed to call 911, police said.

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Deaths on Arizona roads 

Data from the Arizona Department of Transportation shows that roadway fatalities have been gradually rising in Arizona over the last decade: 

  • 2011: 825 deaths  

  • 2012: 821 deaths 

  • 2013: 844 deaths 

  • 2014: 774 deaths 

  • 2015: 895 deaths 

  • 2016: 952 deaths 

  • 2017: 1,000 deaths 

  • 2018: 1,010 deaths 

  • 2019: 982 deaths 

  • 2020: 1,057 deaths 

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