Two motorcycle crashes claim pair of lives

A man and a woman died Sunday in separate accidents in Prescott after their motorcycles left the roadways.

At 1:10 p.m., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies and Central Yavapai Firefighters answered a call about a motorcyclist down on Williamson Valley Road north of Fair Oaks in Prescott, and found the man wearing his helmet with a weak pulse, said Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO spokesman.

Firefighters started CPR on Abe Greenberg, 76, of Prescott, Life Line Ambulance transported him, but he later died, D'Evelyn said.

"The bike apparently left roadway and traveled about 300 feet before crashing," D'Evelyn said. "The victim may have had medical issue while driving. The investigation is ongoing."

In a separate incident, a woman died after she was thrown from her motorcycle, Prescott Police Sgt. Corey Kasun said.

"A group of motorcyclists was heading southbound on State Route 89, just south of the Phippen Museum, when one rider in the back of the group went off the paved portion of the roadway to the right," Kasun said.

The rider drove onto the dirt shoulder then lost control of the motorcycle, Kasun said.

Shortly after 12:45 p.m., Prescott firefighters received the call and when they arrived they found the 48-year-old woman unconscious with severe head and facial trauma, Prescott Firefighter/Paramedic Jeff Jones said.

First responders immediately called Native Air, and they landed on the scene, Jones said.

"We put the woman in full spinal precautions to protect her head, neck, and back, and we ended up maintaining her airways," said Jones, a Prescott Fire spokesman. "But unfortunately, she died at Yavapai Regional Medical Center's west campus a little before 2 p.m."

The group of motorcycle riders did not witness the incident, because the woman was in the back of the group, Kasun said.

"We do not believe speed is a factor," Kasun said. "The woman was not wearing a helmet but had one strapped to the back of her motorcycle."

The woman's name was not been released, because officers were still trying to notify her next of kin, Kasun said.