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17-year-old girl accused of causing head-on crash pleads not guilty

PRESCOTT - A 17-year-old girl who is accused of causing a head-on crash on Highway 89A that sent her to the hospital along with two adults entered a not-guilty plea in a Juvenile Court appearance Jan. 28.

The teenage driver crossed the median on Highway 89A Monday, Oct. 12, as she was headed south (west). She 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, according to a Prescott police report.

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 teen was airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

She's been charged with causing a serious physical injury by use of a vehicle, a felony.

The court document noted that "said child is a delinquent/incorrigible child" under the law, but does not specify why that is the case. It also said that she was driving without a license.

The girl appeared in court Thursday, and her attorney entered the plea, but requested a continuance for any further action.

She is not being held in the Juvenile Justice Center, but is in the custody of her mother.

Judge Anna Young granted the continuance, and set a new court date for the first week in February.

The Daily Courier is not identifying the girl because she is a minor.

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