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Speed may have contributed to rollover injuring two

Chino Valley police responded to a single vehicle rollover collision at about 7:15 Monday morning, Nov. 7, on Highway 89 about one mile south of Old Highway 89 at Mile Marker 332.

The collision resulted in injuries to both occupants, Paulden residents Joseph Bellone, 21, the driver, and passenger, Christina Mantikas, 29.

Lt. Vincent Schaan, spokesman, stated in a news release that the preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle, a 1994 Ford Taurus, was southbound on 89 at speeds exceeding 90 mph.

Bellone was transported via helicopter to Flagstaff Medical Center with life threatening injuries, and Mantikas was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus by Lifeline Ambulance.

The collision resulted in the intermittent closure of Highway 89 for about one hour.

Schaan urges everyone, while driving or riding in a motor vehicle, to fasten their seatbelts, obey posted speed limits, and regardless of posted speed limit, never drive at a speed that is more than what the driver feel is reasonable and prudent.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Transportation, and Department of Public Safety assisted the CVPD with closures and traffic issues during this incident.

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