Two injured, one dead in separate ATV accidents

YAVAPAI COUNTY-- Two separate all-terrain vehicle accidents in Yavapai County last week resulted in serious injury to a man near Sedona and the death of a man in Cordes Lakes.

Friday afternoon, March 21, Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies were called to a single vehicle/ATV accident on Forest Road 525, less than a mile east of Boynton Pass Road near Sedona. Sedona Fire personnel were already treating an 18-year-old Tempe man for foot and shoulder injuries. The man was a passenger in a "side-by-side" type ATV, which had come to rest on its side after rolling. The ATV's driver's seat was found lying on the road near the incident. This victim was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center.

The driver of the ATV, a 29-year-old man from Oklahoma, told deputies both he and his friend were wearing seats belts while off-roading in the rented ATV. The driver claimed his speed was reasonable at the time of the accident. He did recall the ATV starting to slide in loose gravel and when he attempted to correct the movement through steering, the ATV began to tip and eventually rolled about three times. Although wearing a seatbelt, he was ejected when the seat detached from its mounting brackets, resulting in facial cuts and a hand injury. His friend, who was seat belted, remained inside the cab until assisted out by friends pending arrival of medical help. The driver was transported to the Sedona Medical Center for treatment.

Saturday morning, March 22, YCSO deputies were dispatched to the south end of Rio Vista Drive off Freemont Drive in Cordes Lakes regarding an ATV accident. Mayer Fire Department personnel were already on scene and found an ATV rolled over on top of a male adult, apparently causing the man's death. Alcohol may have been a factor in this incident, according to the YCSO preliminary report.

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