Police: Driver who caused 89A head-on had no license
PRESCOTT - A teenage driver who crossed the median on Highway 89A Monday, Oct. 12, crashing into a pickup head-on, and seriously injuring its driver and passenger, did not have a driver's license, according to a Prescott Police report.
The crash happened about 10:15 a.m., when, according to a Prescott Police report, a 17-year-old girl, driving south (west) on 89A drove her car across the grass divider near Granite Dells Parkway and struck the northbound (eastbound) pickup, driven by Stephan Gordon, 67, and his wife, Mary, 68.
The Daily Courier is not identifying the teen because she is a minor and has not been charged with a crime.
All three victims were seriously injured and had to be extricated from their vehicles by firefighters. The Gordons were flown to Flagstaff Medical Center; the other driver was airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital.
A police officer investigating the crash wrote in his report that, "I could not find a driver's license (in the girl's purse) and found a Mexico passport that identified the driver...I checked the name with dispatch, (and) dispatch advised that no driver's license could be found with her name or date of birth.
"I also found a United States workers card with (her name)," he wrote.
The officer said he had tried to speak with her at the scene, but that she had been given morphine by the rescue crews working to pull her out of the wrecked car and "did not respond to me."
Mary Gordon's sister, Terri Rogers, told The Daily Courier that Mary had a broken neck, broken ribs, liver damage, and fluid in the lungs. Mary is still in the Intensive Care Unit at Flagstaff Medical Center.
Stephan has two broken legs, Rogers said, and nearly had to have a foot amputated, but surgeons were able to save it. He's no longer in the ICU.
The couple, from Chino Valley, was going to see a movie when the crash happened, she added.
There's been no word on the cause of the crash or the girl's condition, and no charges have been filed.
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