A Jeep collision left one passenger without an arm – that the driver drove off with and then threw in a dumpster, according to a news release from the Tucson Police Department.
Police arrested the driver, Joseph A. Maverick, 26, after he abandoned the Jeep, threw his passenger’s arm in the trash and went home.
Maverick was booked into Pima County Jail Sept. 16 and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury and, for throwing away the arm, tampering with evidence.
The collision occurred just after midnight on Sept. 15 when Maverick and three other men got into an argument as they were riding in the 2007 Jeep Liberty.
They had been leaving the Fourth Avenue area and, for a still unknown reason, Maverick rammed into a tree near Seventh Street and Hoff Avenue while one of the rear passengers had been partly out of the vehicle.
That’s the man who lost his arm. Police found him on the scene suffering from life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a local hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition.
Police found the Jeep abandoned at an apartment complex at near 10th Street and Mountain Avenue, which also housed the dumpster that contained the arm.
No word yet on what happened to the other two passengers or if physicians were able to reattach the arm.
Physicians were unable to attach the victim’s arm, said Tucson police spokesman Sgt. Fabian Pacheco in an e-mail, and the victim remains in stable condition.
The victim was the only one of the four who is in active military duty and the other two passengers were only witnesses to the incident, Pacheco said. They provided statements and were released.
Pacheco also confirmed that the incident was alcohol-related.
Would you be able to abandon a supposed friend, even if you were mad at him, and throw away his arm?