Ashley Vailes Dies in Red-Light Collision on 35th Avenue [Phoenix, AZ]

Ashley Vailes Dies in Red-Light Collision on 35th Avenue [Phoenix, AZ]

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PHOENIX, AZ (December 26, 2023) – Thursday morning, Ashley Vailes was killed in a red-light collision on 35th Avenue.

Authorities responded to the scene shortly before 9:00 a.m., near Thunderbird Road on December 21st.

Per reports, Vailes was driving east on Thunderbird and ran a red light at the intersection. There, she struck a police-vehicle that was attempting to turn onto southbound 35th Avenue.

Vailes then struck a power pole, and the vehicle became engulfed in flames. Emergency crews arrived to extinguish the flames and remove Vailes from the vehicle.

Due to the extent of her condition, medics later pronounced 19-year-old Vailes deceased.

In addition, paramedics transported the police officer to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

Crews blocked the intersection during cleanup duties and motorists were advised to avoid the area. It has been reopened since, and the crash is still under active investigation.


In this sorrowful time, the Sweet James team would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Ashley Vailes. May you find comfort and strength during this time.


The death of a family member is always a traumatic experience for the surviving family. At Sweet James, we understand that no amount of money can make up for the tragic loss of a loved one. However, it is important that the family understands and protects their rights. Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys understand that the legal issues impose challenges to those involved. We are here to help you through the legal process so that you can focus on the concerns and needs of your family. Call us today to find out how we can help you at 1-800-900-0000.


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