Flagstaff woman killed, police officer injured in head-on collision<br>

A Cottonwood police officer was injured and a Flagstaff woman killed in a head-on collision Sunday morning on Arizona 260.

The crash happened about 3:45 a.m. when 33-year-old Sharron Lynn Mussleman crossed the center line of the highway about three miles east of Cottonwood and collided with a police patrol vehicle, Department of Public Safety spokesman Mark Hall said.

William M. Hawpe, 43, a Cottonwood animal control officer, who was returning from Prescott after transporting a woman to Hillside Hospital, broke his left leg and received lacerations to his left arm in the crash. He was airlifted to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix.

Mussleman was pronounced dead at the scene from her injuries, police said. She was taken to the Yavapai County Coroner's Office where the official cause of death will be determined.

Both Mussleman and Hawpe had to be extricated from their vehicles by the Verde Valley Fire Department, Hall said. Arizona 260 was closed for about six hours while investigators worked the scene.

According to Hall, the cause of the accident has not been determined and there are no indications it was alcohol related.

Hawpe underwent surgery to reset his broken leg and is in good condition, Cottonwood police Lt. Keith Porter said. Hawpe, who came on shift shortly after 11 p.m., agreed to transport the woman to Prescott to allow on-duty Cottonwood officers to continue their patrols in the area.


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