9/26/2012 9:59:00 AM Four students released from hospital after Friday wreck
Photo courtesy Les Stukenberg
Heidi Dahms-Foster Special to the Tribune
Four Prescott Valley teens have been released from the hospital and are recovering after a Friday afternoon accident at Glassford Hill and Long Look roads.
Prescott Valley Police spokesman Brandon Bonney said a 1983 Toyota hatchback driven by an 18-year-old was traveling northbound on Glassford Hill Road at about 3:30 p.m. when the driver, for unknown reasons, made a left turn into the Bradshaw High School parking lot in front of a 1989 Chevy one-ton pickup driven by a 51-year-old Prescott Valley man.
Three other teens, an 18-year-old male in the front seat, and two males, ages 17 and 18, in the back seat, were also riding in the Toyota. All were wearing seatbelts.
Bonney said the Chevy truck struck the Toyota on the rear passenger side, causing it to spin and come to rest along the southwest corner of the intersection. The pickup stopped in the dirt field next to the road. Neither the driver or an adult male passenger in the truck were injured, Bonney said.
Emergency personnel treated the driver of the Toyota at the scene for non-life threatening injuries, and transported his front seat passenger to Yavapai Regional Medical Center East, also for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The hospital released him later Friday evening, Bonney said.
Helicopters flew both the 17- and 18-year-old back seat passengers to Flagstaff Medical Center. The 18-year-old lost consciousness and had other possible head injuries. The 17-year-old had possible severe head trauma, Bonney said. By Monday, all of the injured teens had been released from the hospital, he said.
"It's a blessing that they are all recovering," Bonney said. "The outcome could have been significantly worse."
Police cited the driver of the Toyota for Failure to Yield while making a left hand turn, and no proof of insurance.
The driver of the pickup had a suspended driver's license, Bonney said, and police took him to the Prescott Valley Police station to check for possible impairment. No impairment was evident, Bonney said, but the driver admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day. He also had been consuming alcohol earlier in the day, but his blood alcohol level was .027 percent. ".08 is the legal limit, so he was within the limit," Bonney said.
Police collected blood and urine and sent it to the DPS crime lab for analysis. Bonney said the County Attorney's Office could charge the man with Aggravated DUI pending blood results.