West Virginia residents who follow politics might not be familiar with Ann Day but have probably heard of her sister, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The Day family and others in Arizona are mourning the loss of former state senator Ann Day after she was killed in a motor vehicle accident May 7.
The accident happened near Tucson at about 7:40 a.m. when a car crossed the median into oncoming traffic headed east and hit Day's vehicle head-on. The 77-year-old woman's vehicle was then rear-ended by a truck, and Day was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital. In addition to serving as a Republican state senator in Arizona, Ann Day also worked as a Pima County supervisor for 12 years. She advocated for the rights of cancer patients and HMO reforms.
The drivers of the other vehicles were two men who were hospitalized after suffering serious injuries in the wreck. The vehicle that struck Day's car head-on was driven by a 23-year-old who was reportedly seen driving at excessive speeds of more than 80 mph, and he was seen bouncing off curbs. He may have been impaired when the crash happened, and the authorities conducted a toxicology screen.
When otherwise preventable accidents are caused by negligence, the victims of a crash or their loved ones can seek compensation through insurance claims or civil suits in court. In cases where one has extensive injuries or someone lost a life, plaintiffs might choose to go to trial instead of accepting a settlement from an insurance company. However, even cases that start in trial can be settled out of court.