Thu, May 23

Phoenix man injured after car plunges down embankment

Phoenix man injured after car plunges down embankment

A 22-year-old Phoenix motorist was injured in a one-vehicle crash near Fossil Creek Road Friday.

Mathew J. Phillips was following friends to the Verde River in his truck when he missed a turn and drove off the road, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reported.

Phillips' pickup plunged about 150 feet down an embankment before coming to a rest in some bushes, YCSO reported.

Phillips suffered bumps, bruises and a possible broken collarbone and ribs and was transported to John C. Lincoln Hospital, YCSO reported. Deputies do not believe Phillips was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Fire destroys Sedona mobile home

A fire destroyed a mobile home in Sedona Friday.

The fire broke out about 5:30 p.m. at the Oak Creek Mobile Lodge, Sedona Fire Inspector Gary Johnson said.

Fire crews extinguished the blaze in about 15 minutes, but most of the home and its contents were destroyed, Johnson said. An estimate of the damage was unknown. No other structures were affected.

No one was injured in the fire and the cause is still under investigation, Johnson said.

Names of victims in fatal vehicle crash release

Police released the names of three people involved in a fatal vehicle crash Thursday morning on Arizona 260 near Sierra Verde Road in Camp Verde.

Crystal L. Starman, 26, Prescott, died at the scene from head and chest injures she suffered in the crash, the Camp Verde Marshal's Office reported. Steven Verheggan, 40, Camp Verde, and Larnell Cargile, age unknown, were injured and flown to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix. They were listed in stable condition Thursday.

The crash occurred about 7:15 a.m. when Starman's Mercury Cougar slammed into the rear of a backhoe driven by Verheggan, CVMO reported. Verheggan was reportedly thrown from the backhoe and suffered head, spine and leg injuries. Cargile, a passenger in Starman's car, suffered face and head lacerations.

Arizona 260 near the site of the crash was closed for about 20 minutes, fire officials said.