Mon, July 15

AZ 260 proves to be double jeopardy for Hutchinson family

VVN/Vyto Starinskas

VVN/Vyto Starinskas

CAMP VERDE - For the second time in nearly 10 years, a horrific crash has traumatized a Verde Valley family.

Friday, Jeremy Hutchinson of Rimrock was one of nine people sent to various hospitals following a two-car head-on collision just after 4 p.m. on AZ 260 and Cherry Creek Road.

Nearly 10 years earlier, Dec. 31, 2004, when he was 13 years old, Jeremy Hutchinson was in a three-car crash on AZ 260 that claimed the life of his father, William "Bill" Hutchinson, 55, who was senior pastor at Verde Baptist Church, as well as his brothers, Mathew, 27, and James, age 15. The collision also claimed the life Andrew Roeller, 19, of Cottonwood, who was driving another vehicle that was involved.

In October 2006, the third driver in that crash, 49-year-old Robin Lynn Robbins, pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree murder with extreme indifference, aggravated assault, endangerment, DUI and other charges. The Camp Verde man was sentenced to 71.5 years in prison Nov. 17, 2006.

Jeremy Hutchinson was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center and is currently in ICU, according to Camp Verde Marshal's Office spokesperson Darby Martin.

Passengers in the mini-van Hutchinson was driving included:

-- Sabrina Champ of Rimrock, transported to Phoenix, Current condition unknown.

-- Jacob Josephagin, transported, has been released.

-- A 12-year-old also of Rimrock was transported to Phoenix children's hospital, unknown condition.

-- Other children, ages of 7, 11, 15, and 16, all of Rimrock, were transported to a hospital in Phoenix, and all have been released.

The driver of the other vehicle in Friday's collision was Seth Collins, of Camp Verde, who was transported to a Phoenix hospital, and has been released.

The preliminary investigation indicates the GMC pickup truck driven by Collins crossed the centerline on State Route 260 near the Cherry Creek Road intersection and collided head-on with the minivan, according to the Camp Verde Marshal's Office.

Driver impairment is currently under investigation, the Marshal's Office advised. Anyone having seen the driving pattern of the grey 2010 GMC pickup before or at the time of the accident is asked to contact the Camp Verde Marshal's Office at 928-554-8300.

This accident is still under investigation with assistance provided by DPS and ADOT.

Also donations can be sent to Verde Baptist Church and will be forwarded to the family.