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Thu, Dec. 12

Victims of Paulden fatal crash named

PAULDEN - Two people were killed and two were injured in the collision of a motorcycle and a pickup truck at the intersection of Highway 89 and Sweet Valley Road Saturday morning.

The motorcycle was headed north just after 11 a.m. when the truck crossed the highway from the west to the east on Sweet Valley, and, as it did, the motorcycle struck it, causing the truck to roll over, according to a Department of Public Safety report.

The motorcyclist, Nicholas R. Yekin, 53, from Goodyear, was killed, as was Austin J. Faulkner, 18, of Paulden, a passenger in the truck, the DPS report said.

The truck's driver, a 17-year-old boy from Paulden, was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center and a second passenger in the truck, a 15-year-old boy from Prescott, was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center, the DPS report said.

Yekin was not wearing a helmet. Faulkner was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, the report said.

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