By Lisa Irish
|Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier|
One person was killed and two more injured in this four vehicle collision on Highway 89A just south of the Mingus Mountain summit between Prescott Valley and Jerome Wednesday morning. According to a DPS officer on scene, a group of motorcycle riders from the Sun City Power Riders was heading north on Highway 89A when a car heading south failed to stay in its lane and hit two of the motorcycles. A third laid down his bike to avoid a collision.
One person died and three others were injured late Wednesday morning after the driver of a car lost control and collided with three motorcycles on Highway 89A near the top of Mingus Mountain, said an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman.
At 11:23 a.m., DPS officers answered a call about a multiple vehicle crash at Milepost 334 and closed 89A in both directions shortly afterward to investigate the collision. The roadway reopened after 4:30 p.m., said Robert Bailey, spokesman for DPS.
"Two brothers, one in a car and the other on a motorcycle, were racing southbound on 89A at Mingus Mountain when the driver of the car lost control and skidded into the northbound lane, striking three motorcyclists in that lane," Bailey said. "This is now a criminal investigation."
The three motorcyclists in the opposing lane were riding from Sun City up to Sedona, Bailey said.
"One biker was killed, another seriously injured, and the third biker was able to lay his bike down and escape serious injury," Bailey said.
One person died at the scene, another was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment, another went to Yavapai Regional Medical Center East campus, and a fourth injured person refused treatment, said Charlie Cook, spokesman for the Central Yavapai Fire District.
The names of the victims have not been released pending the notification of the next of kin, Bailey said.
CYFD sent three engines and a 10-person crew to the collision scene near the sledding area at the top of Mingus Mountain, and an engine from the Jerome and Sedona fire departments responded as well.
Nicholas Scott Windsor, 18, of Prescott Valley, the driver of the white 2000 Toyota Camry, was treated and released at YRMC, Bailey said.
Bailey said Windsor will be booked into the Yavapai County Jail later today on charges of manslaughter and could possibly face charges of aggravated assault or second-degree murder in the incident. That will be determined later by the Yavapai County Attorney's Office.
Windsor's brother, David Thomas Rodriguez, 21, of Prescott Valley, was driving a 1996 Suzuki motorcycle in the correct lane and was uninjured, Bailey said.
Rodriguez was cited for driving on a suspended license and his motorcycle was impounded for 30 days, said Bailey, who added that Rodriguez faces possible charges of reckless driving.
"People like to race in areas like this, but people need to remember that help is not always close by and to be cautious," Bailey said. "Decisions made behind the wheel have consequences."
DPS reports that Highway 89A re-opened around 4:30 p.m.