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Man cited in collision on Highway 69

Prescott Valley police cited a man for failure to control a vehicle to avoid an accident at 6:57 p.m. Tuesday after the Ford pickup truck he was driving southbound on Highway 69 struck the car in front of him, causing it to strike the pickup truck in front of it.

Patrick Charles Lenzing, 21, of Mayer told officers that he was switching the radio station and didn't realize that traffic had stopped in the 5500 block of Highway 69 when he struck the Chevy sedan in front of him, said Corp. Jennifer Miller, spokeswoman for the Prescott Valley Police Department. Lenzing was not injured in the collision, Miller said.

Cynthia Johnson, 53, of Prescott Valley, the driver of the Chevy sedan, was not injured in the collision, but her car had rear and front-end damage, because it also struck the pickup truck in front of her driven by Jessie Larsen, 30, of Spring Valley, Miller said.

Larsen was not injured, but her truck had rear-end damage from the collision, Miller said.

Traffic was down to one lane for about 10 minutes, Miller said.

Officers were concerned that people in the northbound lane did not decrease their speed as they passed by the collision scene, and wanted to remind people to slow down as they pass an accident, Miller said.

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