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Woman drives off overlook atop hill, helicoptered to Phoenix

Neighborhood residents saw woman speed off ledge

Emergency responders prepare to place an injured woman into a helicopter Monday evening, July 30, so she can be transported to a level-1 trauma center in Phoenix.

Photo by Max Efrein.

Emergency responders prepare to place an injured woman into a helicopter Monday evening, July 30, so she can be transported to a level-1 trauma center in Phoenix.

A woman who drove off a hill at the dead-end of Overlook Dr. in Dewey Monday evening, July 30, has been helicoptered down to a Phoenix-area hospital with serious injuries.

Residents in the neighborhood said they saw the woman driving back and forth along the road for several hours.

“I kept watching her in case the cops showed up and she wasn’t here so I could tell them which way she went,” said Mrs. Blakemore, who lives right at the edge of the overlook. “I was looking out the window and I said to my husband, ‘I hope she’s not planning on going overboard here’; and it wasn’t 10 minutes later that I happened to look out and she kind of stopped and then just floored it.”

The woman’s sedan made it about 100 feet down the hill before smashing into a tree. Personnel with the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority were able to secure the woman to a stretcher and carry her up the hill.

The helicopter that transported the woman landed on a residential street along Old Black Canyon Highway and took off just before 6 p.m.