SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Phoenix man accused of rear-ending a pedicab carrying two Great Bend men, severely injuring them Friday, Jan. 4, in Scottsdale, Ariz., has now been indicted on the same charges that were filed against him last week, said Jerry Cobb, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesman.
Joseph Spano, 27, was indicted late last week on two counts of aggravated assault, class three felonies, and three counts of endangerment, class six felonies. There could also be charges of driving under the influence, but those are pending the results of blood tests.
Spano’s preliminary hearing was held Monday and his arraignment is set for Thursday. He remains in the Maricopa County Jail on a $7,500 bond.
Severely injured early last Friday morning were 21-year-old Great Bend men, Cody A. Clark and Michael D. Tysver, who were in Scottsdale to attend the Fiesta Bowl. The pedicab driver, Saipaia J. Tavake, 19, of Tempe, Ariz., was not seriously hurt, and was treated and released from the hospital.
While Clark and Tysver remain hospitalized in Phoenix and Scottsdale with family members and friends at their sides, funds have been established at are banks to help with expences. So far, there is a fund at Farmers Bank and Trust in Great Bend to benefit Clark and funds at Credit Union of America for both, bank officials said.
Cobb said the assault charges relate to the harm done to Clark and Tysver. The complaint notes that Spano “using a motor vehicle, a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument, intentionally, knowingly or recklessly caused a physical injury” to the two men.
“The state of Arizona further alleges that the offense charged in this count is a dangerous felony because the offense involved the discharge, use or threatening exhibition of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument,” the complaint reads.
There are three endangerment counts, one each for Clark, Tysver and Tavake. The complaint said Spano “recklessly endangered” the three “with a substantial risk of imminent death.” These are considered “dangerous felonies” as well, for the same reasons as the assault charges.
Spano was not hurt early Friday in the accident.
Clark and Tysver remained in Phoenix-area hospitals as of Thursday. The last condition reports indicate Clark remained in serious condition with severe head trauma at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix and Tysver was in stable condition with a spine injury, at Scottsdale Health Care Osborn Medical Center.
According to SPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Mark Clark, at just after 3 a.m. Friday, police responded to a collision between a pedicab and a car. Officers found two passengers of the pedicab had been hurt in the crash.
Police report Spano was driving a 2012 Ford sedan north on Scottsdale Road in the median lane when he rear-ended the pedicab. The cab was in the median lane to make a left turn and the driver did not see the approaching car, and had no time to react.
Officers noted signs of impairment on Spano, which lead to his arrest for DUI, along with assault and endangerment.
The pedicab driver said he picked up Clark and Tysver at a downtown Scottsdale bar and was taking them to their nearby hotel. Friends of the passengers told police that the two were in town for the Kansas State University /Oregon State football game. The accident forced the closure of a stretch of the street for several hours.
The investigation is continuing.