UA employee injured in car accident

By Joseph Altman Jr.
Arizona Summer Wildcat
June 12, 1996

A UA employee suffered a fractured collarbone Wednesday after the university-owned vehicle she was driving was struck by a vehicle police say ran a red light.

Jaime J. Quinn, 25, of the 1300 block of East Fort Lowell Road, was driving southbound on North Mountain Avenue in a marked University of Arizona Chevrolet 4-door sedan at 8:53 a.m. A blue Dodge van, traveling westbound on East Grant Road, came through th e intersection and struck the car, according to Tucson Police Department reports.

The driver of the van, Jeffery V. Kesterson, 32, of Benson, was not injured. A passenger in the van, Kathryn Pigeen, 36, of the 3700 block of North Campbell Avenue, also had no injuries, police reports stated.

In an interview Monday, Quinn, a research specialist at the Arizona Cancer Center, said she has been recovering at home since Wednesday but had not yet been able to go back to work.

Alan Lee, an insurance officer with the UA Department of Risk Management and Safety, said the accident was "more serious than the typical" two auto-related incidents reported to his office each week. The majority are windshield damage claims, he said.

Police reports indicated the UA vehicle was going approximately 10 mph, and the van was traveling at close to 35 mph when the accident occurred. According to the report, neither vehicle was exceeding posted speed limits.

Kesterson was cited for failure to stop for a red light and no proof of insurance. Everyone involved in the crash was wearing seat belts.