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Update: DPS identifies victims in Mingus Mountain crash

Authorities have identified a Colorado man as the fatal victim of Wednesday morning's crash on Highway 89A on Mingus Mountain.

William H. Pritchett, 75, of Dillon, Colo., died in the collision, said Robert Bailey, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Pritchett was one of three motorcyclists riding from Sun City to Sedona, Bailey said.

"Pritchett was wearing a helmet and riding a 2006 gold GL1800A Harley Davidson motorcycle at the time," Bailey said.

Pritchett died at the scene.

David A. Petersen, 66, of Greenwood, Ind., another rider in the group, was injured and flown to Flagstaff Medical Center, Bailey said. Petersen wore a helmet and was riding a silver 2003 FLH Series Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Peterson was treated at Flagstaff Medical Center and has been discharged, said Starla Collins, hospital spokeswoman.

The third motorcyclist, John T. Elmgren, 64, of Surprise, rode a 2009 FLH Series Harley Davidson motorcycle, Bailey said.

"Mr. Elmgren was able to take evasive action and avoid the out-of-control Toyota Camry, and laid his bike down," Bailey said. "He was transported to the Yavapai Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries."

At 11:23 a.m. on Wednesday, DPS officers answered a call about a multiple-vehicle crash at milepost 334 and closed 89A in both directions shortly afterward to investigate the collision. The roadway reopened after 4:30 p.m.

"Two brothers, one in a car and the other on a motorcycle, were racing southbound on 89A at Mingus Mountain when the driver of the car lost control and skidded into the northbound lane, striking three motorcyclists in that lane," Bailey said Wednesday. "This is now a criminal investigation."

Nicholas Scott Windsor, 18, of Prescott Valley, the driver of the white 2000 Toyota Camry, was treated at YRMC and released, Bailey said.


Bailey clarified Thursday that Windsor was not arrested or booked into the Yavapai County Jail as he had originally stated on Wednesday.

"The case will be submitted to the county attorney's office, which will determine any charges to be filed against Mr. Windsor," he said.

Windsor's brother, David Thomas Rodriguez, 21, of Prescott Valley was driving a 1996 Suzuki motorcycle in the correct lane and was uninjured, Bailey said.

Rodriguez was cited for driving on a suspended license and his motorcycle was impounded for 30 days, said Bailey, who added that Rodriguez faces possible charges of reckless driving.

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