On Saturday May 2, 2020 at just before 5am the Prescott Police Department and Prescott Fire Department responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Smoketree Lane at Golden Bear Drive. Upon arrival officers located a silver Chevrolet SUV which had rolled onto the driver side of the vehicle and came to rest in the middle of a lane of traffic.
The vehicle had been occupied by four (4) juveniles of which three (3) were able to exit the vehicle without assistance but the fourth was trapped in the driver’s seat area and had to be extricated from the vehicle by members of the Prescott Fire Department. The driver suffered significant injuries and was airlifted from the scene by Native Air to a trauma center in the Phoenix area. The other three juveniles were not injured or had very minor injuries from the crash.
Officers from our Patrol Bureau, Traffic Safety Section and Detectives conducted a thorough investigation of the scene and interviewed three of the occupants, all Prescott residents, of the vehicle who reported that they had all been hanging out with each other and were in a rush to get home because they were all late.
At just after 7 am we were notified that tragically the 16 year old female driver was pronounced deceased at the hospital from her injuries. The driver’s family had been notified at our request by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and was in route to the hospital when we were notified of her death.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation but it is believed that speed played a significant factor in this incident. It does not appear that alcohol was a factor and all four occupants were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. The roadway was closed for almost eight (8) hours while officers were investigating the scene but has since re-opened at around 1230pm today.
Our thoughts go out to the family of this young lady at a time when there is so much going on, the tragedy of losing such a young life is devastating to her family, our first responders, nurses and doctors and our community.
Single Vehicle Rollover Crash Closes Smoketree Lane
Early this morning the Prescott Police Department and Prescott Fire Department responded to a single vehicle rollover crash on Smoketree Lane and Golden Bear Drive.
Upon arrival a single vehicle was located that had rolled and one occupant was still trapped inside the vehicle while several other occupants were able to exit the vehicle without assistance. The person inside the vehicle was extricated and flown to a Phoenix area hospital with serious injuries.
Our Traffic Safety Section and Detectives were called to the scene to assist in the investigation.
Smoketree Road will remain closed for several hours in both directions while officers conduct their investigation. We ask that drivers avoid the area if possible.
We will provide an update later with information about the crash.