Elias Fender-Bender Could Cost Pima County Taxpayers Over $40K

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias [Photo from Pima County Facebook page]

The law firm of McEvoy, Daniels, and Darcy, PC filed a Notice of Claim with the County on November 14, 2018 involving a collision allegedly caused by Supervisor Richard Elias in May 2018. The firm notified the County that it would accept $40,745.77 for damages related to the fender-bender.

According to the Tucson Police report, Elias, behind the wheel of a County-owned Ford Escape (Vehicle 1), “operating at idle speed rolled into the rear end of Vehicle 2 causing no damages.” Vehicle 2, a Kia Sorento, was operated by Trinidad Rachel Tester, an employee with Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) and activist in the Tucson Education Association (TEA).

[View TPD report, McEvoy, Daniels, and Darcy, PC letters here]

The report reads in part: “Driver 2 explained she had some [redacted] (neck) issues in 1985 and was having ongoing issues/unknown link to this collision/transported per Driver 2 for evaluation. No citations were issued.”

The law firm of McEvoy, Daniels, and Darcy, PC has a colorful history with Pima County. In 2014, the firm represented Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry’s then-right-hand-man, Martin Willet.

From the ADI 2014 report:

Willet, best known for suing the County for an accident he had on his bicycle, tendered his resignation last week.

He has sued the County for his accident and after having worked for the past several months, is now citing the accident as a reason for his resignation.

Willet has worked for the County for the past 27 years, and he and Huckelberry are close friends. Willett is the second-highest-ranking official under Huckelberry.

Frequently seen walking around downtown Tucson unaided, Willet, is being represented by his wife’s law firm McEvoy, Daniels, and Darcy, PC., which filed a Notice of Claim with the County on December 18, 2013 for $5 million for his injuries as well as $1 million for the suffering of his wife, Sally.

Willet claims he was seriously injured, and his wife incurred damages when the front wheel of his bike “became lodged in a drainage gap” on the Dodge Boulevard Bridge.

In the firm’s Notice of Claim on behalf of Tester, attorney Earl F. “Sam” Daniels, III, claims that Tester “suffered, among other things, neck and back injuries, headaches, dizziness, left shoulder and knee pain, sleep disturbance and anxiety when driving as a result of the collision.”

Damages outlined in the Notice of Claim:

1) The itemized bill from Southwest Ambulance of Tucson, which totals $1,119.44

2) Itemized bill from Banner University Medical Center, which totals $4,769.00 (the medical records have been requested but have not yet been provided. We will supplement upon receipt):

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