On Wednesday night, a 17-year-old Prescott girl lost her life in single-car accident when she lost control of her vehicle, causing it to roll over.
According to Prescott Police Sergeant Corey Kasun, the 17-year-old girl that was involved in this incident was heading westbound on Prescott Lakes Parkway in her 1998 Pontiac Grand-Am, and was approaching the intersection at Sundog Ranch Road, when her car hit the curb on the north side of the road. Sgt. Kasun revealed:
"The vehicle rolled several times, crossing the landscaped median, and came to rest in the number one eastbound lane of Prescott Lakes Parkway"
Kasun added that the teenager was traveling alone in the vehicle and she was not wearing her seatbelt.
Prescott Fire Captain Jeff Knotek state that when paramedics arrived at the scene at 7:37 P.M., they found the car on its roof and the teenage girl lying on the ground close to her vehicle. He stated:
"When we got there, bystanders were doing CPR on her. She had head, chest and internal injuries, so we continued to treat her as a traumatic cardiac arrest, then she was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center. She died at the hospital about a half hour later."
Kasun said that the incident is still under investigation, but that speed did not appear to have been a factor. He also stated that a cell phone was found on the scene, but that there was no way for them to tell if there was probable cause at this point to suspect that it could have been the distraction that lead to the accident.
As an Arizona car accident lawyer, it is always sad to see such a young person taken as the result of a car wreck.
Although there may be some suspicion that she had been distracted by her cell phone when she lost control of her vehicle, one must wait for the facts to come out before the truth can be confirmed.
Our Arizona car accident law firm gives our thoughts and support to the family and friends of the girl who died in this terrible accident.