UPDATE: The victims in the fatal traffic collision that occurred at Fain Road and Highway 89A in Prescott Valley on Thursday have been identified as Donald Jeske, an 89-year-old man from Dewey and his girlfriend, 78-year-old Janet Merrifield of Dewey. Jeske was the driver of a 2002 Tracker that was struck from behind while stopped at the red light in the westbound lane of Fain Road. Merrifield was the passenger in that vehicle. Both died as a result of the injuries they sustained.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the Tracker has been identified as Lynn Adams, a 73-year-old man from Spring Valley. Adams was operating a 2013 Chevy Impala traveling westbound on Fain Road when he failed to stop for the red light and struck the Tracker from behind.
Adams was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance and then flown to Phoenix in serious condition. Further information regarding the extent and type of injuries he sustained have not been released.
PRESCOTT VALLEY - A three-car collision on Highway 89A near Fain Road on Thursday left two people dead and three injured.
Emergency personnel, including crews from the Central Yavapai Fire District, Prescott Fire Department, and Prescott Valley police, responded to the incident near the intersection of State Route 89A, Robert Road and Fain Road at 1:20 p.m.
One person, a male in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger in his vehicle, also believed to be in her 60s, was transported by Native Air to the Flagstaff Medical Center for life-threatening injuries. She later died as a result of her injuries, according to Prescott Valley police.
Lifeline Ambulance transported a third person, a male in his 70s, to Yavapai Regional Medical Center. He was then transported to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix in serious condition. Two others were also injured in the crash but refused treatment at the scene.
Prescott Valley Police Department spokesman Art Askew said the crash occurred when a small two-door SUV stopped at a red light at intersection of Highway 89A in the westbound lanes of Fain Road. A Chevy Impala, driving westbound on Fain Road, failed to stop and struck the SUV, pushing it into a third vehicle, also an SUV, which had stopped at the light on eastbound Highway 89A.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. "It is not known at this time if impairment was a factor in the crash,said Prescott Valley Police Department Cmdr. Art Askew. The names of all involved are being withheld pending the notification of next-of-kin, Askew said.