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2:21 AM Fri, Nov. 16th

Investigation of fatal accident continues

Central Yavapai Fire District firefighters use pneumatic tools as they work to extricate a driver from this overturned vehicle Sunday morning near the intersection of Fain Road and Highway 69 in Prescott Valley.

Central Yavapai Fire District firefighters use pneumatic tools as they work to extricate a driver from this overturned vehicle Sunday morning near the intersection of Fain Road and Highway 69 in Prescott Valley.

Prescott Valley Police continue to investigate Sunday morning's two-vehicle fatal collision on Fain Road at Highway 69.

The accident at about 11 a.m. forced police and medical crews to close Fain Road from the Santa Fe Loop to Highway 69 for approximately three hours.

Police said an Oldsmobile Bravada SUV was going west on Highway 69 at high speed. As it approached the intersection of Highway 69 and Fain Road, the traffic signal changed to yellow and then to red for the highway traffic.

The driver, Victor Hernandez Altamirano, 52, tried to turn right onto Fain Road to avoid striking the vehicles stopped for the red light and lost control. The Oldsmobile rolled onto its side then flipped onto its roof before hitting a Nissan Pathfinder that had stopped on Fain Road waiting to turn onto Highway 69.

Altamirano, whom officers said was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene.

The driver of the Pathfinder, Rusty Summers, 47, was wearing a seatbelt. Passengers, Melvyna Harrison, 75; Amanda Summers, 47; Anne Russell, 74, also suffered injuries. Harrison was the only passenger wearing a seatbelt. A ground ambulance took the injured to Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus in Prescott Valley.

Investigators are awaiting autopsy and toxicology results.