Originally Published: July 11, 2018 5:55 a.m.
A 50-year-old Phoenix man died Saturday evening, July 7, after an apparent quad accident in a remote area of Yavapai County.
At about 4:30 p.m., Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputies were called out to an injury collision on Seven Springs Road. The road originates from the back of Cave Creek, and the collision location was about 4 miles north of the Yavapai County line.
Once deputies arrived in the remote area, they determined the accident involved a quad rider, 50-year-old Manuel Ramirez Rivera from Phoenix. His friend, who had originally called 911, stated that Rivera was riding ahead of him by about 10 minutes and traveling fast.
He eventually came upon Rivera after an apparent collision and Rivera was barely breathing. Rivera’s friend had to leave the scene and get a ride so he could get cellphone reception and make the 911 call. By the time a helicopter arrived to the remote area, Rivera had died.
The pair had driven to the Seven Springs Campground in trucks with their quads, then began the ride along Seven Springs Road.
The initial investigation indicates Rivera was traveling at a high rate of speed, hit a dip in the road causing the quad to leave the roadway surface, and traveling many feet before landing and launching off a ledge. The quad finally came to rest in brush and rock. Although Rivera’s helmet was found nearby, it has not been determined if the helmet was being worn at the time of the collision. Deputies noted obvious signs of a head injury.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Information provided by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.