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Sun, Jan. 19

Teen-ager dies in four vehicle crash

According to Lt. P.J. Janik of the Prescott Valley Police Department, the crash near Sundog Ranch Road occurred at 5:15 p.m. when 16-year-old Brandon Prime of Prescott Valley, lost control of the westbound 1989 Honda he was driving and went left of the center line into eastbound traffic. The Honda struck an eastbound 1999 Dodge Durango that Sharon Stierman, 56, of Prescott Valley was driving.

The Durango, he said, careened into an eastbound 1987 Chevy pickup that Eddie Reed, 45, of Dewey, was driving.

A 2001 Mitsubishi, also eastbound and driven by Daniel Huck, 19, of Prescott, then hit the Honda.

Janik said the seven Honda occupants were all juveniles, ages 15 to 17.

"The passenger that died in the Honda was actually in the trunk of the car at the time," Janik said.

The Honda driver, Prime, suffered a broken left leg and went to John C. Lincoln North Hospital in Phoenix by helicopter, as did two of his other five passengers who were injured.

Paramedics took Steirman and four others to Yavapai Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance. Emergency personnel then airlifted one of those patients – another passenger in the Honda – to a Phoenix-area hospital for treatment. The others they treated and released.

On the busiest shopping day of the year, Prescott Valley police rerouted westbound traffic to Glassford Hill Road and then to Highway 89A.

Prescott PD diverted eastbound traffic to Prescott Lakes Parkway and then to highways 89 and 89A.

While officials cleared the crash site and redirected traffic, traffic congestion resulted in at least five other non-injury accidents .

Several agencies responded to the crash site, including: the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, the Central Yavapai Fire District and Life Line Ambulance.

Janik said based on witness interviews, investigators believe Prime was swerving his Honda from side to side when he lost control. Investigators do not know yet if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor.

On Saturday, Zane Smith of Nebraska lost control for unknown reasons of his 1979 Yamaha motorcycle coming off Hwy 89A on the eastbound offramp onto Glassford Hill Road. Officials air evacuated him to St. Joseph's hospital in Phoenix.

Monday, Lt. Janik said he didn't know Smith's current condition, just that it "was critical at the time of the accident."

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