Sun, Aug. 18

Two die in separate I-17 accidents near Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE - Two people were killed in separate accidents on successive nights, Saturday and Sunday, but at about the same location on Interstate 17.

The Department of Public Safety received a call Saturday evening from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office that a vehicle had reportedly gone off a cliff from the northbound lanes and rolled twice near the Copper Canyon area of Interstate 17.

It is unclear when the accident occurred.

The Flagstaff woman killed in the vehicle, Amanda McCleve, 31, had already been reported missing earlier.

Verde Valley Fire provided its floodlight-support equipment, so investigators could seen the wreck at the bottom of the cliff.

A 53-year-old man was killed during a rainstorm on Interstate 17 as part of a two-vehicle collision.

Monday night about 10:30 p.m. Camp Verde Fire crews were dispatched to the reported head-on collision on I-17 in the southbound lanes near milepost 281, about two miles south of the runaway truck ramp.

Emergency crews found two passenger vehicles with heavy damage. The occupant of one vehicle was dead at the scene. He was identified as Harrison Golden, of Houck, Ariz.

The driver of the second vehicle was flown to a Phoenix area hospital with serious injuries.

DPS is investigating the collision, a spokeswoman says. The Golden vehicle was northbound but hydroplaned in the slick conditions, crossing into the southbound lanes and crashing into a vehicle driven by Keith Heilman, 74, of Tolleson.