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Woman dies in Highway 69 accident

Courier/Les Stukenberg
Department of Public Safety officers investigate this three-vehicle collision, in which one person died, Thursday morning on Highway 69 between Prescott Lakes Parkway and Holiday Drive.

Courier/Les Stukenberg Department of Public Safety officers investigate this three-vehicle collision, in which one person died, Thursday morning on Highway 69 between Prescott Lakes Parkway and Holiday Drive.

PRESCOTT – A 22-year-old Prescott Valley woman lost her life Thursday morning in a head-on collision involving three vehicles on Highway 69, just west of Prescott Gateway Mall.

The accident occurred just nine days after a double-fatal accident took place on Highway 69 at Walker Road.

State police had to close the highway between Holiday Drive and Prescott Lakes Highway for several hours while they investigated the 6:55 a.m. collision Thursday.

Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officer Nate Teel said Kimberly Bowcut of Prescott Valley, who was westbound in a Honda, died at the scene from severe injuries.

Pamela Saxton, 48, of Show Low, whom police said crossed left of center into the westbound lane and hit Bowcut’s car, suffered a broken femur. Paramedics drove her to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for treatment, Prescott Fire Department spokesman Jeff Jones said.

He added that Saxton was coherent and responsive at the scene.

Dale Flint, 20, of Dewey, who was driving behind Bowcut in a Dodge, suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization when he sideswiped Bowcut’s Honda trying to avoid the collision, Jones said.

Saxton and Flint both were wearing seatbelts, Jones added.

Teel said that Flint told officers that Bowcut was swerving in her attempt to avoid the head-on collision with Saxton’s van, but she had no place to go since no exit roads exist in that stretch of the highway.

It appears that excessive speed was not a factor in this case, Jones noted, but the DPS is still investigating the reasons Saxton crossed into oncoming traffic. He said lab tests will show whether alcohol or drugs played a role.

While the DPS investigated the collision, police diverted westbound traffic onto Prescott Lakes Parkway to Highway 89, while eastbound traffic had an option of using Highway 89 and then Highway 89A or Prescott Lakes Parkway to get to Prescott Valley.

Shortly after 1 p.m. authorities cleared the scene and opened the highway, Teel said.

Jones said emergency personnel, including a battalion chief and three engines, stayed on the scene until 9:30 a.m.