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Teens recovering after Glassford Hill Road collision

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The driver of a pickup that struck a car full of teens last Friday had been drinking but was not legally drunk, and admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day, a police spokesman said.

The 51-year-old man, hometown unknown, was driving a Chevy one-ton pickup loaded with construction materials south on Glassford Hill Road at about 3:30 p.m. when he broadsided a northbound Toyota that had turned left in front of his pickup, headed into the parking lot at Bradshaw Mountain High School, Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said.

Neither the truck driver nor his passenger was injured. The driver of the Toyota, Raul Diaz Rojas, 18, was treated at the scene for injuries, and the front-seat passenger, a 17-year-old boy, was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center's East campus with non-life-threatening injuries and was released that evening, Bonney said. Both the 17- and 18-year-old back seat passengers were flown to Flagstaff Medical Center with possible head injuries, he said, adding that they have now been released from the hospital. All four were wearing their seatbelts.

The man driving the pickup was driving on a suspended license, Bonney said. He passed a drug recognition exam, despite the fact that he admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day, and blew a 0.027 on an alcohol test, well below the legal limit of 0.08, Bonney said. Blood and urine were collected and sent to the DPS Crime Lab, but no charges have been filed yet.

Diaz Rojas was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn and driving without proof of insurance.

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