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Crash that killed Mayer man caused by loose cart

MAYER - The crash that killed an 83-year-old Mayer man Wednesday, March 11, happened after a mobile cart attached to one car fell off, causing the driver to slow or stop on Highway 69, and his car was struck from behind, a Department of Public Safety spokesman said.

Henry R. Wimberg was driving a Toyota Prius north on Highway 69, two miles from Interstate 17, at about 7:20 a.m. when the cart, which had been attached to the front or top of the car came loose, said Bart Graves, DPS spokesman. That caused Wimberg to "either come to a complete stop or slow to a crawl," he said.

A car immediately behind Wimberg swerved around him and continued on.

The driver of a Ford SUV, which been behind that car, ran into the Prius from behind, killing Wimberg, he said.

Graves said the driver of the SUV was looking at the radio and didn't see that Wimberg had slowed.

He was flown to John C. Lincoln hospital in Phoenix, treated and released.

Alcohol impairment is not a factor in this collision, Graves said, although DPS had not ruled out distracted driving as a cause.