3 hurt in Scottsdale crash involving pedi-cab

3 hurt in Scottsdale crash involving pedi-cab

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

A pedicab and a car collided near Scottsdale Road and McDonald Friday morning.

Officer David Pubins of the Scottsdale Police says a pedi-cab with two adult male passengers was traveling northbound on Scottsdale Road in the median lane near Rose Lane when it was struck from behind by a Ford passenger car which was also northbound in the same lane.

The driver of the pedi-cab, 19-year-old Saipaia J. Tavake, and one of his rear seat passengers was transported to Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn. The other passenger was transported to County Hospital.

Pubins says both passengers' injuries are considered to be very serious and possibly life threatening. Tavake's injury at this time is not considered life threatening.

Neither the driver of the Ford, identified as 27-year-old Joseph Paul Spano, nor his two passengers, were injured.

Police investigating the collision observed signs of impairment on Spano, which led to his arrest for DUI, endangerment and aggravated assault. He was held in custody for arraignment before a judge.

Pedicabs are legal on roadways as long as they have proper lighting, however, the cabs do leave the passengers and bicyclist exposed.

Police say it is risky to get on pedicabs, especially on a busy street like Scottsdale Road.

"Bicycles, motorcycles..all these vehicles are on the roadway, it's important that you pay attention to what vehicles are around you..many people don't do that and that's why we have situations like this," said Ofc. Casey Moore.

The two pedicab passengers were visiting Arizona from Kansas to watch the Fiesta Bowl. Michael Tysver was celebrating his 21st birthday.  Tysver's father Joel says his son now remains in a medically-induced coma. Police say Michael is in stable condition with a spine injury.

"He basically has the same injuries that killed Dale Earnhardt, separation of the spine from the skull," Joel Tysver told FOX 10 by phone. "I am just so sick and tired of drunk drivers, I mean, is that good time worth somebody's life? Is it worth crippling two people over? I mean it's pathetic."

The other passenger, 21-year-old Cody A. Clark, remains in serious condition with severe head trauma.

Police say Tavake told them he picked up the passengers at a downtown Scottsdale bar and was taking them to a hotel near Scottsdale Road and Rose Lane.

"He was in the median lane in anticipation of making a left turn at Rose Lane. He did not see the car approaching from behind and had no time to react prior to the collision. At this point of the investigation, investigators have found no mechanical or safety violations on the pedicab," said Sgt. Mark Clark.

The investigation is ongoing.

Video: FOX 10's Kelly Hessedal caught up with a woman who was at the scene right after the crash happened.

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