Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross was involved in a rear-end collision last year that sent a woman to the hospital and totaled her car.
As a result, Manross received a civil traffic violation for failure to control speed to avoid a collision, which occurred the morning of Nov. 17 on southbound Hayden Road, north of Camelback Road.
Manross, who was not injured, collided with Mary Hill, whose car was pushed into a vehicle driven by Benjamin Lowenstein, who was stopped because of an earlier collision, according to a Scottsdale police report of the crash. Hill was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn with injuries.
“That was the first time anything like that happened to me,” said Manross, who went to defensive driving school because of the ticket.
“I looked over to the left and saw a whole lot of dust and it caught my attention, and apparently a couple of cars stopped on the road in front of me.”
Both Hill and her attorney could not be reached for comment.
The mayor was traveling about 35 mph in the 45 mph zone, according to the police report, and neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor.
Manross said she never thought to release information about the crash to the public, saying it was a personal matter.
The police report listed Manross’ home address as the Scottsdale Police Department, and it redacted the make and color of her car.
The home addresses for Hill and Lowenstein were included in the report, but were redacted when released to the media. However, their car information was released.
Police spokesman Sgt. Mark Clark said the mayor’s address was not listed in the report for security reasons because of her position as a public figure, but it was provided to Hill for insurance purposes.
“We didn’t keep any secrets,” he said.