Sedona AZ (June 2, 2015) – On May 28, 2015, YCSO deputies were dispatched to an overturned vehicle on Beaverhead Flat Road near the Village of Oak Creek. The vehicle, a 2011 silver Hyundai Sedan, was being driven east on Beaverhead Flat Road by a 16-year-old male and contained 3 passengers – a 16-year-old front seat passenger and 2 male back seat passengers ages 16 and 17. They were being followed by another vehicle containing several friends. While the vehicle was moving east along Beaverhead Flat Road, the front seat female passenger made a decision to stand up so that her upper body was visible through the sun-roof of the Hyundai. The driver asked her to sit down because of safety concerns. As she complied, she slipped and fell into the driver which caused him to swerve and leave the roadway. The vehicle went up an embankment, launched across a ravine, and landed upside down after the front seat passenger had been ejected.
The ejected passenger received serious injuries suffering numerous abrasions and cuts. She and a rear seat passenger, also injured, were back-boarded by EMS personnel so they could be safely moved to roadway and an ambulance. Both were transported to the Verde Valley Medical Center. The driver suffered a possible concussion and complained of dizziness and was airlifted to the Flagstaff Medical Center as was the remaining passenger who was also injured. None of the injuries involving any of the occupants was life threatening.
No charges have been filed at this time.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov