Thu, Jan. 23

Deadly weekend in Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE -- Two women died in separate collisions Friday in Camp Verde, and a teacher and her daughter were seriously injured.

About 4:20 p.m. Friday afternoon, Camp Verde Fire was dispatched to a head-on collision on State Route 260 at Sierra Verde Road.

When units arrived on scene they found two vehicles with heavy damage. The driver of a passenger car, Lora White, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Marshal's Office investigation determined that White's Toyota was eastbound on SR 260 near milepost 222 when it crossed the centerline, running head-on into a GMC SUV driven by 37-year old Heather Pehl, a grade school teacher at Beaver Creek School.

Pehl and her 8-year-old child were air-lifted to Flagstaff Medical for treatment of traumatic injuries.

The Marshal's Office continues to investigate the cause of the collision and is awaiting toxicology results.

At 9:04 p.m. Friday evening, Camp Verde units were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on SR 260 at Old Church Road. They found two vehicles with a total of four occupants, three of whom were transported by ground ambulance to Verde Valley Medical Center.

Two and a half hours later, as Camp Verde crews were returning from VVMC, they came upon a single-vehicle crash that had occurred just before their arrival. A vehicle had struck a guardrail on Finnie Flat Road between Seventh Street and Main. The driver, Michele Hicks was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told Camp Verde Marshal's investigators that the car had been traveling recklessly and at a high rate of speed just before hitting the guardrail. The guardrail penetrated the vehicle causing severe trauma to the woman.

CVMO has not yet determined if alcohol was a factor in the fatality.

In a separate incident, two people were flown to Phoenix area hospitals when the motorcycle they were riding crashed on SR 260 at milepost 250 on Sunday morning just after 9 a.m.

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