Arizona DPS Report

The Arizona Department of Public Safety reported three fatal accidents on Northern Arizona highways within the last three weeks.

A motorcycle accident occurred at 2:12 p.m. July 8 on SR 260 about 9 miles west of Show Low.

The passenger, Betty Wilson, 58, of Camp Verde, died as a result of the accident. According to the police report, the 2004 Honda motorcycle took evasive action to avoid striking another vehicle.

Neither person was wearing a helmet, which could have prevented the fatality, according to the reporting officer.

On July 9, a 2005 Mazda van was travelling west on I-40 at milepost 315 when it drifted into the median around 4:17 p.m.

According to police, the driver overcorrected causing the van to roll multiple times. Four passengers were thrown from the vehicle. Two died.

Only the driver was wearing a seatbelt, which would have prevented fatalities and seriousness of injuries, according to officers.

Cynthia Boston, 38, of Ceres, Calif. died on the scene from massive trauma. Five days after the accident, Alex Boston, 15, died at Flagstaff Medical Center.

The driver, 45, and a 17-year-old boy were taken to Gallup Rehobeth Hospital and released. A 14-year-old girl was admitted to FMC for multiple trauma.

Around 7:23 a.m. Monday (July 18), two cars collided head on causing two fatalities.

According to the report, a 2004 Nissan pickup was westbound and attempting to pass two cars on US 60, seven miles west of Show Low, when it struck a 2004 Ford pickup travelling east.

The driver of the Nissan, Kaelsey Rogers, 26, of Higley, and a passenger, 18-year-old Steven Rogers of Eagar were killed. Neither was wearing seatbelts. Three other passengers were injured and admitted to local hospitals.

The driver and passenger in the Ford truck, both from Gilbert, were injured and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital.

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