Dawn Paugh Killed, Tom Paugh Injured in DUI Crash on Cactus Road [Scottsdale, AZ]


58-Year-Old Woman Pronounced Dead after Wrong-Way Collision near Hayden Road

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (January 9, 2023) – Friday, Dawn Paugh was killed while Tom Paugh and Girard Grassi Jr. were hurt in a crash on Cactus Road.

Authorities responded to the scene around 7:10 p.m., near Hayden Road on December 30th.

Per reports, Joshua Grabek was driving a 2013 Subaru Legacy the wrong way on the northbound lanes of Hayden Road and struck a rideshare SUV.

Medics arrived and transported three occupants inside the Uber to a nearby hospital for further treatment. However, 58-year-old Dawn later succumbed to her injuries.

In addition, 60-year-old Tom and their Uber driver, 56-year-old Girard Grassi Jr. also suffered injuries.

Moreover, paramedics took Gradek to a local hosptial for precaution with minor injuries. After being released from the hospital, police arrested 48-year-old Grabek for homicide, serious DUI with wrong-way driving, two counts of aggravated assault, and one case of endangerment.

The loved ones of Dawn and Tom Paugh set up a GoFundMe page to help with costs during this time.


The team at Sweet James would like to offer their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Dawn Paugh. May you find comfort and strength through the memories of your loved one.


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