Fatal crash along I-17 claimed life of Dewey resident
Sheldon Bates was president of Prescott Antique Auto Club
Updated as of Wednesday, August 1, 2018 9:32 PM
A Dewey resident was identified as the man who died in a vehicle pileup on Interstate 17 Friday morning, July 27, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) said.
Harry Sheldon Bates was driving a Chrysler Sedan when the crash occurred as the vehicle approached mile marker 259 near Sunset Pointe at about 9:30 a.m., said Bart Graves, AZDPS Public Relations Manager.
Initiating the crash was the driver of a tractor trailer rig, which rear-ended three other vehicles, all traveling northbound.
“The driver of [the tractor trailer] stated he looked down and when he looked back up, he was making contact with [the vehicles],” Graves said.
The first two vehicles to be hit — a Ford sedan and Bates’ Chrysler — were pushed off the roadway by the force of the impact, Graves said. The third, a Chevy truck, was forced into rear-ending a box truck freightliner.
The driver and passenger of the Ford sedan were taken to Honor Health Deer Valley in Phoenix with serious injuries.
Bates was pronounced dead on the scene, Graves said. He was the President of the Prescott Antique Auto Club, which is hosting its 44th annual show and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, at Watson Lake Park in Prescott. The club plans to honor Bates at the show.
“We’re bringing his car — a 1929 DeSoto — out and it’s going to be at a special place as you come into the car show,” said Jacque Bates, Sheldon’s wife.