A rollover crash involving a single vehicle earlier this month in Prescott earlier this month tragically ended the life of a 16-year-old girl.
The Daily Courier in Prescot reported on its website that the crash happened at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 2nd, near the intersection of Smoketree Lane and Golden Bear Drive.
Officers with the Prescott Police Department responded to the crash scene to find a Chevrolet SUV that had rolled onto the driver’s side near the center of the roadway.
Police say that the vehicle had four juveniles inside. Three of the four were able to get out of the overturned vehicle on their own while the fourth was trapped in the driver’s seat.
Firefighters with the Prescott Fire Department had to extricate the driver from the vehicle. Once freed, the teen driver was airlifted by Native Air to a Phoenix trauma center with significant life-threatening injuries. She later died at the hospital.
The girl’s family was notified of her death by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department. Her identity had not been released at the time of the report.
The three other teens in the vehicle at the time suffered only minor injuries.
According to a news release, Prescott Police said that officers from the Traffic Safety Section of its Patrol Bureau interviewed the three teens. When questioned, each of the teens said that they were in a hurry to get home because they had been hanging out, and they were late.
Prescott Police and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating the cause of the crash. It is believed that speed played a significant role in the fatal crash.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the young woman at this tragic time.