TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - We are learning more about a horrific crash near the Tucson Airport that took the life of a 35-year-old woman. The collision happened at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3.
According to Tucson police, Tiffany Shaw was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Nogales Highway when she was struck by a westbound vehicle on Valencia Road.
Detectives say the man who hit her was “driving at a high rate of speed” and was impaired.
“[My grandsons] are left without a mom at 13, 14 and 15 years old. They need a mom,” Tiffany’s mother, Loraine Shaw, said. “It’s so senseless.”
Tiffany was heading home from work when the crash happened.
Loraine was a contacted by a family friend who came across the scene of the crash and recognized the vehicle Tiffany was in. That’s where Loraine witnessed something no mother should ever have to see.
“They had to use the jaws of life to get her out of the car,” she said. “They were taking her body out … and putting it in the bag.”
The driver of the other vehicle was taken to the hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, but his condition has been upgraded and he is no longer in life-threatening condition.
A memorial now marks the intersection where Tiffany took her last breath.
“Nothing can bring her back,” said Anita Torres, a close friend of Tiffany’s. “[The person who hit her] has to live with that for the rest of his life.”
It’s a nightmare Loraine already lived through once.
“My other daughter was hit by a drunk driver when she was four and a half,” she said. “She lived, but she was in a body cast for nine months and she still suffers to this day.”
As Lorraine now works to get guardianship of her grandchildren, wondering how she will pay for the funeral and what the future holds, she gives an emotional plea.
“If you want to drink, call a friend, call Uber, call somebody,” Lorraine said. “Don’t drive.”
The Tucson Police Department is still investigating. Police say not only was he impaired at the time of the collision, but his license had been suspended for a previous DUI incident. No charges have been laid yet.
Police are looking for video that may have captured the collision.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help with Tiffany’s funeral arrangements. To help, click HERE.