Flagstaff community rallies to support victims after deadly tow truck/bicycle collision

June 4, 2021

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – There has been an outpouring of grief and support from Flagstaff residents and businesses alike.

The collision left Flagstaff resident and local activist Joanna “Jo” Wheaton, 29, dead while four others remain hospitalized. The victims were attending a bicycle safety event hosted by FLG Bike Party, a collective of local bicycle advocates when the accident occurred.

At the moment, little is known about the condition, or even all of the identities, of those who have been hospitalized. It appears two of those who are being treated in the hospital are community member Andres Adauto, better known to many as “Dapper Dre,” and Sarah-Grace “SG” Crocco, according to posts on social media.

Fundraisers have been set up to help pay for the medical procedures for both Adauto and Crocco.

As of Monday morning, a pair of fundraisers hosted on GoFundMe had raised a cumulative total of over $100,000 in support of the victims and their families. A separate GoFundMe organized by Crocco’s family had raised just over $18,000 at the time of this publication.

Meanwhile, restaurants and local retailers throughout Flagstaff announced fundraising efforts of their own in support of the victims.

Diablo Burger, Uptown Pubhouse, Historic Brewing Company, MartAnne’s Burrito Palace and Flagstaff Community Market donated 10% of proceeds generated this past weekend. Local pub The McMillan similarly announced that 20% of beer sales this weekend would support fundraising efforts.

Richard Traulsen of Begam Marks & Traulsen has been retained by the family of one of the victims.  We are already at work collecting evidence, taking witness statements, and ensuring that evidence is preserved.  If you have photographs, videos, or other information regarding this crash, please contact Mr. Traulsen at 602-254-6071 or richard@bmt-law.com.  If you are in need of representation regarding this crash or others involving bicycles and/or commercial semi-trucks, please contact us.

Source: azdailysun.com