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OHV accident victim is in stable condition

WALKER - A 21-year-old Anthem woman airlifted to a Phoenix hospital after an off-road vehicle accident Saturday remained in the hospital Tuesday and is in stable condition.

The off-road utility vehicle hit a tree stump and ejected three occupants, according to Dwight D'Evelyn, a spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

Teresa Vargas, who was sitting in the utility bed in the rear of the vehicle, was in stable condition at John C. Lincoln Hospital North after suffering a spinal injury, according to her mother, Lisa Vargas.

A man whose name was not released was taken by ambulance to Yavapai Regional Medical Center West. D'Evelyn had no further information Tuesday about a second man in the vehicle.

A preliminary investigation showed the vehicle accelerated as it headed down a steep driveway and the driver lost control, he said. Equipment failure may have played a role in the accident.

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