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Sun, March 24

Doctors release Cottonwood man injured in Saturday crash on Fain Road

Doctors at Flagstaff Medical Center this week released the seriously injured 27-year-old Cottonwood man apparently responsible for causing a two-vehicle head-on collision this past Saturday morning in Prescott Valley.

Prescott Valley police say Jeffery Gilbert, who had been on the critical list with a serious head wound, was traveling east in a Ford Escort on Fain Road and trying to turn left on a green light onto the Highway 89A connector when he slammed into a Honda Accord.

Gilbert apparently failed to yield to the Accord, which was heading west on Fain Road, before making the turn, Prescott Valley Police spokesman Brandon Bonney said.

Vincent Loscalzo, 36, of Anthem was driving the Accord. The vehicle had a 34-year-old woman and two children, ages 3 and 6, as passengers. A LifeLine ambulance took all four of them to Yavapai Regional Medical Center East in PV, where personnel treated them for minor injuries. Doctors released them later on Saturday.

Every witness at the scene said the traffic signal was green for Loscalzo at the Fain Road-89A intersection and, for unknown reasons, Gilbert turned left in front of the Accord, which caused the collision.

Police say that at this time, alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the wreck.

Officers temporarily shut down the highway around 11:30 a.m. Saturday and later opened one lane for about two hours while officers investigated the accident.

Bonney said police are still investigating the crash and have yet to issue any citations.


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