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Still investigating...<BR>No arrests or charges yet in pair of<BR>Highway 89 double-fatal accidents

PRESCOTT – Authorities have not arrested or charged anyone in connection with two double fatal accidents that occurred on Highway 89 in May.

According to Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, her office is still investigating the May 7 accident at the intersection of Highway 89 and Prescott Lakes Parkway.

A Prescott couple, Earl Stanley Christensen, 72, and Antonina Christensen, 77, died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident.

Mr. Christensen died upon arrival at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, while Mrs. Christensen died a few days later in a Phoenix hospital. A pickup driver, Allen Wilsterman, 72, of Prescott suffered minor injuries and doctors released him after he received treatment.

Prescott Police Sgt. Rich Gill said that after officers conducted the investigation, they concluded that Wilsterman, who was northbound on Highway 89, ran the red light and hit the victims' vehicle, which was westbound on Prescott Lakes Parkway. He also said that Wilsterman's blood alcohol level was .07.

He said Prescott police concluded their investigation shortly after the accident and forwarded the case to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office to determine whether they will press any charges against Wilsterman.

Meanwhile, the Department of Public Safety continues its investigation into a Highway 89 fatal accident on May 28, one mile north of Paulden.

Bullhead City residents Ivan Thomas Emley, 86, died at the scene while his wife, Olinda Lillian Emley, 81, suffered critical injuries and emergency personnel flew her to John C. Lincoln North hospital in Phoenix.

After remaining in critical but stable condition for a few days, Mrs. Emley died this past weekend, according to DPS Lt. Frank Lopez. Three other people suffered injuries in the accident, including 38-year-old Elizabeth Ellen Matthews of Prescott, who allegedly caused the accident.

DPS Sgt. Tim Bolger said previously that Matthews, who was southbound on Highway 89, apparently tried to pass a tractor-trailer on a double yellow line.

He said it appears she was in the northbound lane when she hit the pickup, which tried to avoid a collision.

He said Matthews' vehicle then hit the Emleys' sedan, which was northbound. The tractor-trailer avoided the accident.

Doctors released Matthews from the hospital after a brief examination, according to the report.

Contact the reporter at mburicadam@prescottaz.com