Cottonwood man dies following vehicle-pedestrian crash on SR 260

A Cottonwood man is dead and a Camp Verde man is in the hospital following this vehicle-pedestrian collision Tuesday night near the SR260-Western Drive intersection. VVN/Bill Helm

A Cottonwood man is dead and a Camp Verde man is in the hospital following this vehicle-pedestrian collision Tuesday night near the SR260-Western Drive intersection. VVN/Bill Helm

COTTONWOOD – A Cottonwood man is dead following a vehicle-pedestrian collision on State Route 260 Tuesday night.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Quentin G. Mehr said the fatal collision occurred July 10, 8:29 p.m., on SR 260 near its intersection with Western Drive.

At that time, a BMW passenger vehicle, being driven by a 20-year-old man from Camp Verde, was traveling westbound on SR 260 at a reportedly high rate of speed when the vehicle struck a pedestrian at Western Drive, Mehr said. “After striking the pedestrian, the vehicle went off the road into a ravine,” Mehr said.

The pedestrian, identified as Jesus A. Zazueta, 31, from Cottonwood, died at the scene from injuries. The driver of the passenger vehicle was airlifted to the Flagstaff Medical Center, where he was admitted for treatment of injuries.

The road was blocked until Wednesday morning, when it was reopened at 8:51 a.m.

This collision is still under investigation, said Mehr.

Information provided by Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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spindial 3 months ago

Multiple officers at the scene were quoted as saying the "high rate of speed" vaguely referred to as being 107 mph. The question to ask is "how do they know that?"

I also heard a YCSO use the word "chase". As the media silently awaits the "official version", from the "proper authorities", there wouldn't possibly be a group at headquarters trying to figure out a way to dodge any liability had it been that YCSO chased the driver into a populated area at 107 mph?

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notliketherest 2 months, 4 weeks ago

There are definitely some odd circumstances to this accident, Like Spindial said the rate of speed 107 mph has been floating around the Verde Valley since this incident but has yet to been confirmed where this number came from. I'm guessing they are waiting for the driver to recover before they release any information, either way it still is vehicular manslaughter on the drivers part. I guess we will wait and see if there is something more to the story.

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spindial 1 month, 1 week ago

am I the only one on earth who finds it strange that there has not been one followup story? "driver out of hospital", "driver arraigned", nothing. Not one word.What are they hiding? This isn't a cover-up, is it?

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