Fatal pedestrian accident takes life of Superior resident

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By Mila Besich-Lira

A traffic accident took the life of longtime Superior resident Elaine Romero on Nov. 17, 2012. The accident occurred sometime after 7:30 p.m. on US Route 60 near the US 60 Park. Romero was pronounced dead on the scene.

Superior Police Department requested support from the Pinal County Sheriff’s office to assist with the investigation.

The driver of the diesel truck was Michael Hydock of Eloy. He was driving a commercial truck carryingcarnival equipment. The investigation by PCSO determined that Hydock was headed westbound on US 60 at a speed of 45 MPH. Witnesses said that Romero walked in front of the truck and that she was intoxicated.

Hydock was immediately administered a toxicology screening. The blood sample was sent to the Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory for analysis. At press time, no arrest has been made and charges are pending the results of the blood test.

In a press release provided by PCSO Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Investigating fatal collisions takes subject matter expertise which our Traffic Unit was able to utilize to conduct this investigation. The Mayor and Council for the town of Superior have asked me personally for the assistance of my office because of the continuous rise in crimes occurring in their once peaceful town. Our deputies and traffic team will be conducting daily high visibility zero tolerance enforcement in an effort to assist.”

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