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4/8/2013 10:23:00 PM
Unborn baby, Prescott man dead in Saturday three-car collision

A Prescott man and an unborn baby died in a three-vehicle crash just north of Poland Junction at about 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Danny Golden said Glenn Trotter, 64, of Prescott, was northbound when, for unknown reasons, he entered the median and rolled his Ford SUV into southbound traffic.

Two southbound vehicles, a red Chevy sedan driven by a Prescott man, 24, with a woman, 22, from Prescott Valley, and a maroon Kia sedan, driven by a 65-year-old Spring Valley woman, struck Trotter's vehicle, Golden said.

Trotter was pronounced dead at the scene. Helicopters flew the three other people involved in the crash to Phoenix area hospitals, where they still were undergoing treatment as of Monday, Golden said.

The female passenger in the Chevrolet was nine months pregnant, Golden said, and her baby later died as a result of the crash.

Neither the driver nor the passenger in the Chevrolet sedan was wearing a seat belt, he said.

Golden said officers are still investigating the cause of the accident, which caused the closure of southbound Highway 69 for nearly five hours.

"It's just a terrible tragedy," Golden said of the crash.

The accident was in Central Yavapai Fire's coverage area, and Mayer Fire, DPS and YCSO assisted them at the scene.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: Brenda Heath

I sat in the kitchen dealing in my own way with this tragedy as I listened to the deceased baby's great grandmother talk on the phone with the baby's great great grandmother. I heard her say the following..."don't read the paper mom..I know the comments are upsetting...let's just focus on healing..." . Today, I sat in the ICU holding the swollen and bruised hand of this young mother who is fighting for her life, listening to the respirator as it took each precious breath for her. In the hall a conversation was taking place regarding the comments that were pertaining to seatbelts posted in the paper and I thought to myself how petty and unjust and judgemental people can be. How just like me people can be. I get it because i have been one of those people. I have made these same comments myself following the news of a fatal accident. "If only he would have been wearing a helmet, if only she would have been buckled in, who in their right mind forgets to buckle up..." Why do we do this? Because we are human? Because we are uncaring? I believe that I made these comments out of ignorance to another person's pain and as a coping mechanism that in some minnute way helped me process something i could not understand. I also think that some make these comments in order to educate others in the importance of "buckling" up. The importance of prayer, hope, love, and respect get lost when we do this. People who are grieving the loss of a loved one and would give their lives to save the life of another get left behind. I watched this happen this week and am so very humbled by it all. I think that it is important to mention that this beautiful young woman's injuries are indicative of seatbelt trauma. The doctors believe that many of the injuries sustained as well as those averted were the result of wearing her seatbelt. Of course, we will all know for sure when she finally wakes up and tells us if she was or was not buckled in. However, not one of us will care one way or the other as we will be celebrating her recovery and can finally mourn the loss of her perfect angel. We are the ones who need to " buckle up" as we are in for quite a ride.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: cynthia Bryson

I was a friend of Trotter for over 11years. He was a very good man. My heart is very heavy. I truely believe wholeheartedly what Trotters daughter said ,if given a choice "He would have given his life for the baby to live". My prayers go out to the mother and father of the baby ,Trotters daughters and friends and all others involved directly and indirectly in this tragic accident.

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: sara keeling

I drove by this accident just after it happened and my heart sank. It was a horrible sight and a most unfortunate accident. My prayers are with all who were involved and their families. I am sorry for all the negativity and mean responses. Stuff happens that sometimes no one can control and it is very sad, but all this negative bs is really uncalled for. It's pretty upsetting that people act like this when something so tragic has occurred. Show some sympathy or just keep it to yourself. And sometimes seatbelts do kill, my parents were both in bad accidents where they would have died if they were wearing seatbelts. It's sad but God has a plan for everyone. Forget all the jerks who think they know everything and know that many more are here to support you. Again I am sorry for your tragedies and preying for you all. Peace & Love

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: richard j roberts

What a terrrible tragedy! My sincere condolences to the family of the unborn child. What a horrific loss! I am a friend and former colleague of Mr, Trotter. He was a wonderful and caring individual. Rest in peace Glenn.



Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: Christye Abel

Mr. Trotter was a great teacher and will be missed. I hope that it was because of a medical issue and not for any other reason that could've been prevented.

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: Sharon Hiner

What is wrong with you people???? People died and it doesn't matter who did or didn't do what! Where's the compassion for the those who are left behind, as well as the victims having to deal with all of this! This tragedy has knocked a lot of people down and they are relying on the support and love of those around them to help them get back up and move on. Have a little sympathy, for God's sakes!

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: linda lorrane

some doctors instruct pregnant women to not wear seat belts or to wear them in a specific way because it can cause damage to the child and mother , must like it did to a friend of mine and her child. This young girl lost her baby, I think what should be going on here is support and love and prayers. They need all the support they can get.

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: Seat Belts for Pregnant women?


The information at that link states that "research suggests that four out of five babies that were lost in car accidents would've been saved if their pregnant mothers had worn safety belts."

There is information about how to wear the belt correctly. Tell your friends who may be pregnant too.

This was a terrible tragedy - condolences to those who lost loved ones.

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: Mother of Six

@Aren't pregnant women instructed not to wear safety belts? ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE!! that is the most ignorant remark yet made. ALWAYS wear a seat belt.

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: Miranda S

My heart goes out to the woman and man who lost their child. And to the family of the older man who lost his life instantly. I'm surprised to see such rude comments from our community, it's rather upsetting. Please if you could do one thing, it is do not blame yourself. My heart bleeds for you. If you've ever doubted it before, know that you do have love and prayers from your community.

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: Kimberly Bezuch

The entire situation is all soo very heartbreaking. Mr Trotter was my teacher in high school. What an amazing, smart, caring man and oh soo patient. My heart aches for everyone involved. Prayers and positive energy sent to all.

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

How should we react if a medical event strikes us whist driving?
What valid reasons are there for not wearing a seatbelt? If the pregnant fear using current restraints how can we address that issue?

We can mourn those who have passed, offer words to the living and learn from this incident in order to prevent new ones.

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: Aren't pregnant women instructed not to wear safety belts?

Since the belts can cause fetal injuries even during low speed collisions?

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: Victoria Pinkley

Again, my family's heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in this accident. Especially to the young woman that lost her baby. We have known her for a long time. As a mother, my heart aches for you. Please know if there is anything we can do for you, call us.

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: To Howdy

I'm so sorry that this has happened to these people and their families. My prayers & heart are with you all at this time. The mean comments are just stupidity and childish ignorance and these families need the prayers and support from their community at this time.
I was in a head on car accident when I was pregnant, if I had been wearing my seatbelt the way they instruct a pregnant woman to, I would have not only lost my baby but I would have died myself. The seatbelt is suppose to be nestled up under your belly at an angle. When I was in an accident, the seatbelt would have forced my baby up into my chest causing major damage to my lungs & heart, not to mention broken ribs. Thank God, I had air bags and a few angels looking over me and my baby, she was fine. Sometimes seatbelts can cause damage too.

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: connie trueblood

what a tragedy indeed!
those 2 young people need lots of support and love to continue on......

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: To Erin Thompson

Erin, that took a lot for you to actually have to reply back to those heartless individuals. I can honestly say that I can feel your loss, I recently lost my brother, ( not my blood brother) but we were raised together and were in the military together.. But these other people commenting like they were obviously have never had a tragic event such as this ever happen to them before.. My condolences and prayers go out to all the families involved in this tragic event.. Sorry for your losses... :(

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: April S

Devin -

i know we havent talked since high school, but, i am so so sorry to hear about your loss, i can only imagine the horror of this. coming from someone who has a young child, my heart is heavy for both you and Steven. Praying for you both.

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: Erin Thompson

I am one of Trotter's daughters and as a mother myself I am mourning the loss of the unborn as much as that of my dad. Tragic doesnt even begin to describe the situation. If he had survived he would have given his life for the baby to live. May I say that I read the heartless and compassionless comments in the first article and I cannot tell you how painful it was to read. So for those of you who feel the need to comment about seatbelts please practice some self control and spare this mom and her family the pain of listenting to comments made in arrogance. Her grief and ours is already too much to bare. What we need is love and prayers.

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: Tim Roeder

Can't help but wonder if the man had a heart attack or stroke before the wreck.

My condolences to the families.

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: Captain Howdy

How can anyone not wear a seatbelt in this day and age? We all know how they can save a life.
My condolonces to those that lost a family member. It was a terrible tratgedy.

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