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    Serious Injury Collision Involving a Juvenile riding on a Car

    On February 1, 2021, at approximately 7:46 PM,  

    Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputies responded  

    to the serious injury of a young teenage victim in the  

    area of East Squaw Valley Road and Lapidary Place in  

    Black Canyon City. When deputies arrived, they began  

    investigating circumstances surrounding the  

    visible head trauma sustained to a 16-year-old 

    boy. The Daisy Mountain Fire Department was on  scene as deputies arrived, and were attending to the  

    Miguel Orozco Vehicle involved in collision

    young man, who eventually had to be air-lifted to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital with severe  head injuries. 

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    The citizens of Black Canyon City, and specifically those residents in the area of this incident  who witnessed these events, largely aided the investigation and informed deputies that this  young man had been riding up and down E. Squaw Valley Rd on the hood of a vehicle. The  investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle had quickly fled the scene after the 16-year 

    old boy had slid off the hood of the car. 

    At approximately 8:20 PM, 21-year-old Black Canyon City resident, Miguel Angel Orozco,  returned to the scene and contacted deputies. Orozco admitted he was driving a Toyota Corolla with the victim hanging on to the hood at a speed of approximately 25-30mph. He stated victim slid off of the car and was struck by the front of the car while it was still moving forward. He told the deputy he made sure the victim was still breathing, but then quickly fled the scene because he was afraid he would get in trouble for his actions. Through the processing of the vehicle, evidence was collected that confirmed the witness statements, as well as the admission from Orozco. 

    As deputies continued the investigation it became clear that Orozco was possibly impaired. Sobriety tests, along with a Drug Recognition Expert evaluation were conducted, and they confirmed that Orozco was under the influence of Cannabis at the time of the incident. Orozco was placed under arrest and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges of Child Abuse, Aggravated Assault, Leaving the Scene of a Serious Injury Collision,  Endangerment, and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. 

    Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes would like to remind the public that the passage of  Proposition 207 does not change fact that smoking while driving and being impaired by marijuana while driving are still illegal and extremely dangerous acts. The Sheriff urges all to act responsibly with respect to marijuana and protect those in our communities from going through tragedies like this.  

    The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the community of Black Canyon City,  and specifically those residents who played a valuable role, in assisting us in this  investigation. The continued partnership the Sheriff’s Office enjoys with the citizens of Yavapai  County helps to ensure our communities stay safe. 

    In addition, we would like to ask anyone who might have witnessed this collision to contact us at 928-771-3260. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Yavapai Silent  Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip at www.yavapaisw.com. All calls to Silent Witness are anonymous. 

    Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260  or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

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