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6:21 PM Tue, Dec. 18th

Man dies in single-car crash on Prescott Lakes Parkway

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Prescott Police officers Nathan Barto and Clayton Heath look over the wreckage of a car that flew through the median and over the guardrail off of Prescott Lakes Parkway about 1/2 mile east of Highway 89 on Wednesday afternoon. The single occupant was ejected and killed in the accident.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Prescott Police officers Nathan Barto and Clayton Heath look over the wreckage of a car that flew through the median and over the guardrail off of Prescott Lakes Parkway about 1/2 mile east of Highway 89 on Wednesday afternoon. The single occupant was ejected and killed in the accident.

A man died Wednesday afternoon as the 1998 four-door Pontiac sedan he was driving crashed along Prescott Lakes Parkway.

"The car was coming from 69 on Prescott Lakes Parkway going downhill when witnesses reported the vehicle struck the guardrail a couple of times on the right side of the road," said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department. "The vehicle continued down the hill, over the median, which caused it to roll into oncoming lanes, and then went over the guardrail."

At 1:30 p.m., Prescott firefighters answered a call and found the man ejected from his car and dead at the scene, said Eric Kriwer, spokesman for the Prescott Fire Department.

No other vehicles were involved in the collision, and the roadway was closed for two hours so officers could investigate the crash.

"The preliminary investigation indicates that no evasive action was taken by the driver, including no sign of braking," Reinhardt said.

Because of that, it appears the driver may have experienced a medically related problem before the collision, but that won't be known until the Yavapai County Medical Examiner's Office releases its findings, Reinhardt said.

"At this point there has not been positive identification of the driver," Reinhardt said. "He appears to be about 60 years old."