Details emerge in Prescott truck vs. bicycle fatality
PRESCOTT - Now that Toby Beaty has been arrested and charged in connection with the traffic death of Amber Harrington last January, details have emerged about the investigation.
Beaty, 38, is accused of striking Harrington, 23, with his pickup as she rode her bicycle on White Spar Road near Copper Basin Road about 5 p.m. on Jan. 16, and dragging her about 40 feet.
Harrington was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Beaty was indicted by a grand jury on one count of manslaughter and two counts of DUI - one for alcohol, one for drugs - on Sept. 9.
A warrant was issued for his arrest, but Beaty stayed out of jail until he turned himself in at the Camp Verde jail on Sunday, Oct. 18.
The Prescott Police report quotes two witnesses as saying that the sun's position made it "difficult to see" and that visibility was "horrific."
They both said that Beaty was not driving recklessly and said he was likely travelling under 30 mph.
The report said, "During the investigation, it was determined that poor visibility was a contributing factor in the crash, however, because Beaty showed signs of intoxication and admitted to ingesting (alcohol) and marijuana prior to the incident" he was given a field sobriety test and further tests at the police station.
Beaty was cooperative at the scene, the report said, and blew a .007, far below the .08 threshold for drunk driving. Beaty went back to the police station willingly, but then decided against giving blood or urine samples, and a warrant had to be obtained to take them.
Police took further breath samples around 7:20 p.m. but they showed a .000 (zero) reading, the report said.
A test for drugs did show the presence of THC metabolite, the active ingredient in marijuana. Beaty said he had smoked it about 12 hours earlier, at 6:45 a.m.
"The results were shared with Beaty and he was released," according to the report.
The report noted that when the Department of Public Safety's lab analysis of the blood was available, the decision as to charges would be made.
Chief Deputy County Attorney Dennis McGrane said those results were returned the first week in March. He said earlier this week that "additional investigation" had to be done before the prosecution moved forward, and that "prosecutorial consideration," or contemplation of the case within the County Attorney's office, was also a factor.
Sunday, when he surrendered, Beaty was booked on a $250,000 bond.
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