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Police identify victim in fatal collision on Hwy 69

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Humboldt resident Sandor Fazekas died Monday in a head-on collision on Highway 69 near Prescott Canyon Estates.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Humboldt resident Sandor Fazekas died Monday in a head-on collision on Highway 69 near Prescott Canyon Estates.

Prescott Police on Tuesday identified Sandor Fazekas, 76, of Humboldt as the man who died in a head-on collision Monday on Highway 69.

Fazekas went by ambulance to Yavapai Regional Medical Center and died shortly after his arrival, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.

Native Air flew the other driver, Mary Luke, 70, to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix, where she remains in serious but stable condition with multiple broken bones and internal injuries.

Fazekas was driving a white Dodge pickup truck westbound on Highway 69 toward Prescott at 12:30 p.m. Monday when Luke, driving a blue Lexus SUV heading east, pulled into the median lane near Prescott Canyon Estates.

"The initial investigation indicates that the SUV made an improper left turn in front of the pickup truck, causing the collision," Morley said. "Based on evidence at the scene and witness statements, the driver of the pickup had no time to react to the actions of the SUV."

Both drivers were the sole occupants of their vehicles.

"Speed did not appear to be a factor in this collision, and there were no indications of driver impairment," Morley said.

The westbound lanes of Highway 69 were closed for more than three hours while the accident was investigated. The highway was re-opened at about 4 p.m.

The Prescott Police Department continues to investigate the collision and the report will be submitted to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office for review, Morley said.

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