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1 teen dies, 4 others suffer injuries in rollover near CV

CHINO VALLEY – A 16-year-old Chino Valley youth died Monday afternoon as the result of a single-vehicle rollover accident just a mile northwest of Chino Valley.

Two other teens among the five riding in the car suffered life-threatening injuries, authorities said. Chino Valley Fire District (CVFD) Capt. Mark Ducote said a 16-year-old Chino Valley boy, Mark Bagley, died en route to a Phoenix hospital.

Jacob Dunbar, 16, and Matt Dunbar, 14, both of Chino Valley suffered minor injuries and someone, other than emergency personnel, transported them to Yavapai Regional Medical Center, he said.

Sara Sheese, 14, and another 15-year-old Chino Valley girl whose name authorities withheld pending a next of kin notification, suffered severe head injuries when the accident ejected them from the vehicle, Ducote said. Emergency personnel airlifted both of them to the Flagstaff Medical Center.

At around 8:25 p.m., Flagstaff Medical Center Public Affairs Director Jennet Dean said both of the girls were listed in critical condition.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Lt. Steve Francis said that at around 2:50 p.m., a 2001 Mazda Tribute was eastbound on Cedar Heights Road when it left the roadway and rolled over several times.

Francis said deputies are still investigating the cause of the accident, but according to one witness the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed on Cedar Heights Road, which is a bumpy dirt road, before it began to roll over.

Ducote said 19 firefighters and paramedics from CVFD responded to the scene, along with two engine companies. In addition, three helicopters from Native Air and Guardian Air arrived on the scene as well as two ground LifeLine ambulances.

He said emergency personnel stayed on the scene for about an hour.

Further information on this accident was unavailable at press time.

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