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6/25/2012 9:46:00 PM
Willow Creek Road crash sends two to hospital
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

LifeLine Ambulance took two people to Yavapai Regional Medical Center Monday morning after a multi-vehicle collision in the 2100 block of N. Willow Creek Road, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.

At 8:30 a.m., Randy Moffit, 63, allegedly was driving his SUV at about 60 to 70 miles per hour on Willow Creek Road when he rear-ended a 2006 Dodge Caravan, entered the northbound lane struck a GMC half-ton pickup truck, then continued into the southbound lane near Country Park and struck a 2007 Ford Explorer and pushed it out of the southbound lane and onto the curb.

"Witnesses and officers believe he experienced a medical issue, possibly a seizure," Morley said. "There were no brake or skid marks."

The Suburban driven by Moffit struck the driver's side of the Explorer, and both Moffitt and the driver of the Explorer were taken to YRMC, Morley said.

Morley said he did not think the driver of the Explorer sustained any serious injuries, and Moffitt was taken to the hospital to determine if there was a medical issue.

Morley said there were no indications of alcohol use or any illegal substances.

"If a medical issue was involved, we will resubmit him for examination to the DMV before he can drive again or require him to get medical clearance," Morley said.

Prescott police continue to investigate the collision, and no citations have been issued at this point. Morley said.

"We had nine accidents in town today between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.," Morley said. "Our average is about one or two a day."


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: @ Captain Howdy

I have a good friend who has epilepsy, and she has never been able to drive due to the condition. If you had ever witnessed a seizure, you would know the sufferer becomes pretty "rigid" and has muscle spasms. It is entirely possible someone could be doing the speed limit, suffer a seizure, and due to the muscles tensing and spasming uncontrollably, for them to accelerate without control if their foot happens to be on/hit the accelerator. Especially when you drive an automatic vehicle like a suburban where you don't need to shift gears to accelerate up to high speeds. Don't be judgmental until the investigation is finished. As stated in the article, if he did have a seizure, he will not be allowed to drive again until the doctors identify what caused the seizure and can be reasonably sure it won't happen again. Otherwise, his license will be indefinitely suspended to protect other drivers from this happening again.

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: Harvey Glamuzina

Wife and I drive this road several times each week . I see people that have a hard time exiting their car and with their bad legs can hardly walk !! Should not driving at all . LOWER THE SPEED TO 35 .

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: Button Square Pants

He was going that fast because of his medical condition, not the other way around!


Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: Captain Howdy

The fact that he was going 60 to 70 mph, should have gotten him a ticket.
If he had a medical issue, and was going the posted speed limit, maybe the outcome of this accident would have been different.


Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: hey camera shy

Got any credible statistics to PROVE your "facts"?


Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: Button Square Pants

"I never said photo enforcement would have had any impact on this wreck whatsoever".

If that's the case, then why would you even bring up the issue in the first place? You also talk about lowering the speed limit due to the fact that people seem to go much faster than what is posted... you're bringing up stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with what actually happened. It's like someone attending a lecture about the cities sewer rates going up and you pop into the discussion to tell everyone that your toilet doesn't flush as well as you think it should and somehow thinking the City has something to do with it... Good grief!


Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: Camera Shy

Ben, I never said photo enforcement would have had any impact on this wreck whatsoever.

Photo enforcement, in general, reduces collisions and their severity.


Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Article comment by: Ben Dilcher

First of all there could have been 10 Photo enforcement cams there and 10 patrol cars and a 10 mph speed limit and it would have done no good in this instance.
I was involved in the crash. Myself and two others went to YRMC Along with the two that got transport by ambulance. It was a matter of wrong place at the wrong time. The guy had a seizure or something. I was driving the GMC which was not a half ton but a 3/4 ton 4x4 I was driving 35-40 mph and was hit like I was standing still. The truck is totaled. Bent frame and buckled cab. Thank you to the folks that asked If we needed help. I really hope the others involved are okay. To those that left the scene or didn't try to help......Well we'll leave it at that.


Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Article comment by: Camera Shy

Support photo enforcement.

Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Article comment by: Speeds on Willow Creek

The posted speed limit on Willow Creek Road is 40 MPH. The actual speed is usually closer to 50 and too many cars and trucks are going 60 and weaving around other cars. The posted limit used to be 35 -- much more reasonable considering the amount of traffic, the curves in the road, and the fact that many cars need to leave or enter the road because it goes through residential areas. I would urge lowering the speed limit to 35 and increasing enforcement.

Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Article comment by: Well That Makes Sense

Monday was a "very" strange day !



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