Mom cited for reckless driving after swift water rescue
Simone Del Rosario
To violate the "stupid motorist law," you have to ignore a barricade and drive into a wash. But one woman finds out that just because you aren't labeled a "stupid motorist," doesn't mean you're off the hook.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A mother and her three kids were cruising down Manville Road in Picture Rocks, Ariz. during Thursday's storm.
When she drove her truck into a dip, things took a quick turn.
"The water was actually up to the doors and inside the vehicle," said Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Jesus Banuelos. "It was a very scary situation, I'm sure, for not only the children but the driver."
Crews rushed to the scene and, one by one, pulled out each child and the mom.
After a trip to the hospital, it turns out everyone is okay; but not everyone is off the hook.
Even if there is no barrier at the scene, you can still get in trouble with the law for crossing water.
"Any time you do that with reckless disregard, not only for your own safety but safety of other passengers or just property, a reckless driving charge can be assessed," Banuelos said.
That's exactly what this mother faces: An accusation of reckless disregard for the safety of herself and her kids.
And while reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor, Deputy Banuelos told Nine On Your Side it could have been a lot worse.
"In a case where there's minors in the car, they could be charged with even child abuse; they could be charged with endangerment."
He said this is likely the first such citation issued by the sheriff's office so far this season. But if people continue to drive recklessly through the washes, it certainly won't be the last.