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Prescott Valley rollover crash seriously injures 2

Emergency personnel airlifted two Dewey-Humboldt men to Phoenix hospitals Thursday after a rollover accident on Highway 69 ejected them.

Prescott Valley Police spokesman Brandon Bonney said that about 11 a.m. Thursday a 1994 Jeep 4-door was traveling westbound in the fast lane of Highway 69, just west of Bradshaw Mountain Road.

A 2010 Honda Ridgeline was in the slow lane and swerved into the fast lane for unknown reason, causing the driver of the Jeep, Kenneth Perkins, 46, of Dewey-Humboldt, to take evasive action.

Bonney said the Jeep entered the median, where Perkins lost control and crossed back over both westbound lanes of Highway 69. He finally entered the ditch and rolled the Jeep. The rollover ejected both Perkins and his passenger, Jason Metiva, 34, also of Dewey-Humboldt. Neither man was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Bonney said.

The occupants of the Honda Ridgeline were not injured, and at this time, he said, impairment did not appear to be a factor in the accident.

Bonney said both Perkins and Metiva were listed in serious but stable condition on Thursday afternoon.

He said the crash is still under investigation. If anyone has any information or witnessed this collision, they should contact Prescott Valley Police Cpl. Mike Morris at 928-772-5132.   

Prescott Valley Police remind people to wear their seatbelts whenever they are in a motor vehicle.

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