A Winslow resident who served with the Winslow Police Department for 50 years died tragically last week after being struck by a vehicle while in a crosswalk.
According to Police Chief Dan Brown, at 4:31 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, police were called after Vivian Stinson, 74, of Winslow was struck by a red dodge truck driven by Spencer Riedel, 81, also of Winslow, as he was turning left from westbound Third Street onto southbound Williamson Avenue.
According to witnesses, Stinson was walking legally eastbound in the crosswalk when the truck struck her as it turned. Riedel stated the sun was in his eyes and he did not see Stinson in the crosswalk. It was estimated that Riedel was traveling at a rate of 15 to 20 mph at the time of the crash.
Stinson sustained a head injury and was transported first to the Little Colorado Medical Center, then flown to Flagstaff Medical Center. She died the following day.
An investigation was conducted at the scene, and it was determined that impairment was not a factor in the collision.
Riedel was cited for failure to control speed to avoid a collision and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. He is not facing any criminal charges.
According to Brown, Stinson retired from the WPD as a sergeant, then as an evidence technician. Members of WPD, Winslow Fire Department, Action Medical, Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety and Flagstaff Police Department assisted in escorting Stinson’s remains back to Winslow.
Brown stated, “She will be dearly missed by the men and women of the Winslow Police Department, and the citizens of Winslow.”