UA student hospitalized following two-car collision

By Tom Collins
Arizona Daily Wildcat
November 7, 1996

Katherine K. Gardiner
Arizona Daily Wildcat

A Volkswagon Beetle sits in the intersection of East Speedway Boulevard and North Euclid Avenue after being involved in a two-car collision at 1:35 a.m. yesterday morning. The driver of the Beetle was listed in critical but stable condition at University Medical Center yesterday after being ejected from the vehicle.


A UA student was hospitalized with a severe head injury early yesterday morning after two cars collided at an intersection near campus.

Thomas A. Leader, 25, a history senior, was in critical but stable condition at University Medical Center yesterday. The Volkswagon Beetle he was driving westbound on East Speedway Boulevard hit a Nissan coupe going northbound on North Euclid Avenue at 1: 35 a.m., Tucson police said.

The Nissan was driven by Maria T. Mamizuka, 21, a University of Arizona media arts junior. The Nissan ran a red light, said Sgt. Ed Schlitz of the Tucson Police Department.

The collision ejected Leader from his car and he sustained a "life-threatening head injury," police said. TPD Detective Marty Fuentes said Leader was not wearing a seat belt when the collision occurred.

Mamizuka was wearing a seat belt and was treated for minor injuries at UMC and released, Fuentes said.

He said police do not yet know if alcohol was a factor in the collision, but laboratory results are pending.

The case remains under investigation, Fuentes said. Thus far, no citations have been issued.

University of Arizona Police Department officers were the first to arrive at the scene, but, because of jurisdictional boundaries, yielded control of the situation to Tucson police when they arrived.