Photo by Max Efrein.
Originally Published: July 31, 2018 12:23 p.m.
The driver of a side-by-side was helicoptered to a Phoenix area hospital with life-threatening injuries after the small utility vehicle collided with an SUV on Coyote Springs Road just north of Prescott Valley Tuesday morning, July 31.
Emergency responders found the utility vehicle on its side with its driver – an older man – in the middle of the road at about 10 a.m. A gray SUV driven by a middle-aged woman was about 30 feet away with its front left headlamp and tire completely obliterated.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office officials said it appeared the side-by-side was attempting to turn left onto Coyote Springs Road from Windmill Acres Road when the SUV clipped it going southbound on Coyote Springs Road, which has a speed limit of 40 miles per hour. Deputies presumed the driver of the side-by-side was not wearing a seatbelt based on the circumstances, but that has yet to be confirmed, said YCSO spokesperson Dwight D'Evelyn.
Traffic along Coyote Springs Road was completely stopped for about an hour while emergency responders treated the driver of the side-by-side and cleaned up the road, which had debris all over it.
For Scott Freitag, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority’s fire chief, the traffic backup made him think about the safety and convenience concerns associated with only having one way in and out of Coyote Springs.
“If you have an evacuation or an accident like this – just like the Viewpoint Fire – where are you going to go?” Freitag said. “East-west connecting routes would certainly help.”