On the afternoon of July 27, 2013, Tucson Police Departments officers responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision that occurred on East Aviation Highway at the intersection with East 22nd Street. Upon arrival at the intersection, the officers learned that there had been two vehicles involved in the collision. The driver, an adult male, and passenger, and adult female, from one of the vehicles were both seriously injured as a result of the collision. Tucson Fire Department emergency medical personnel transported both of them to an area hospital for further medical evaluation and treatment. The passenger was deemed to have life threatening injuries.
The passenger, Catharina Stuifbergen, age 27, died as a result of her injuries and was pronounced deceased on the evening of July 28, 2013.
Detectives learned that a 2006 Ford F250 truck was traveling westbound on East Aviation Highway. A 2013 Chevrolet Cruze sedan, driven by Petrus Molenaar, age 28, was initially traveling eastbound on East Aviation Highway before entering the left turn lane to turn left onto East 22nd Street. The signal light was green for east and westbound traffic on East Aviation Highway. The Chevrolet sedan made a left turn in front of the Ford truck. The truck struck the passenger side of the sedan, causing it to roll over. The sedan came to a stop upside down on its roof. The occupants of both vehicles were wearing their seatbelts. Witnesses reported that the Chevrolet truck appeared to have been traveling at the posted speed limit when the collision occurred. There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.
Molenaar was arrested for 1 count of Causing Serious Injury or Death by a Moving Violation, Failure to Yield Making a Left Turn at an Intersection – Class 3 Misdemeanor. He was cited and released.