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5/23/2013 10:02:00 PM
Driver airlifted to hospital after crashing into light pole
Scott Orr/The Daily Courier
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Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

A 41-year-old Prescott Valley woman was injured when the minivan she was driving collided with a light pole near Prescott Airport Thursday afternoon was airlifted to a Phoenix hospital for treatment for her injuries, Prescott Firefighter/Paramedic Jeff Jones said.

At 1:30 p.m., Prescott firefighters answered a call about a collision on McCurdy Drive and State Highway 89 and found the minivan with its passenger side wrapped around a light pole, said Jones, a Prescott Fire spokesman.

"Inside was a woman belted into the driver's seat, the only survivable place in the vehicle," Jones said.

Prescott firefighters and Life Line Ambulance paramedics treated the woman for leg and hip injuries and stabilized her back and neck as a precaution, Jones said.

Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said witnesses reported the woman was driving at a high rate of speed and passed several vehicles on the shoulder of the road before losing control and crashing.

A helicopter landed on the fairway of Antelope Hills Golf Course and flew the injured woman directly to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital for treatment, Jones said.

The woman remains in serious condition, and officers obtained blood samples to test for alcohol and drugs, Morley said.

She faces a possible citation for failure to control her vehicle to avoid a collision.

Further information was not available at press time.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: Fear and Loathing of @fear and Loathing

I guess in my peanut gallery view the few lives that would be saved are worth the time and money spent to do so.Are you volunteering to pay the thousands of dollars the uninsured are billed for the airlifts?? Thought not.

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: @ fear and loathing

More nonsense from the peanut gallery.

Yes - let's fund a trauma center to treat the handful of people a month that would benefit (at a cost to the community) over the babies born every day and the cancer treatments being given daily.

Glad you aren't king of the world with that kind of "insight".


Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: heidi parsons

this wreck is by far the worst I have ever seen. That is just unreal that that person was not killed..and thankfully she didnt kill anyone else. I should would love to know her reason for going so fast.

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: j l

First and foremost I will never go to YRMC, east or west for even a hang nail. The ER has mistreated my wife so many times it's not funny. And she almost died from the mistreatment. Until she went to the Mayo Clinic. Within 6 months she had started to gain weight again and they WANT TO help you get better, not these morons in Prescott. Second, speaking of morons, you idiots keep passing on the shoulder of the road on a two lane road if someone is making a turn. This is illegal! Not to mention it's dangerous. This is most evident in Chino Valley. I even had a tractor trailer pass me on the shoulder while making a turn! I would like to know where the police are in these areas. Talk about a budget cure!

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: Fear and Loathing of correction

That should have been 40 a Year, not month for the airlift insurance.

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: Tow truck Driver

It was not a minivan, it was a Chevy Cruz and the the other part of the car ended up in the parking lot of circle k on north side. Amazing anyone lived through this.

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: Fear and Loathing of Huge Medical Bills

@CHARMED LIFE
It appears we have triage units rather than hospitals with trauma units. Considering the first minutes of treatment are the most critical you would think it would be a good idea to focus on this need BEFORE birthing centers, breast cancer treatment and what have you, but that's just me and my opinion, (I dont have babies or breasts), obviously the powers that be here feel differently. One thing you might want to get is a 40.00 a month insurance plan that covers your family in the event they need air ambulance service, it covers any part of the bill that insurance doesn't pay as long it is deemed a medical necessity. Its called Omni Advantage and is a part of Air Methods Service. You can find it online at omniadavantagemember.com and sign up. Ive had it for a couple of years. They send you cards you keep in your wallet. One trip in the chopper and the premiums have paid for themselves many many times


Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: wicked wreck

I also saw this wreck coming from Prescott back towards chino. My husband is a Firefighter/EMT and I have heard of and seen many wrecks he has been on. I am surprised and relieved to learn this driver is alive. There is NO way this woman was doing the speed limit. To wrap your vehicle around a pole like this means she was definitely driving very, very fast. Takes a lot of force to do that. IF she was driving impaired, then I hope she will be charged as such and maybe think twice next time around. That is one lucky lady and I hope she counts her lucky stars from now on.

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: Level 1 Trauma Center

@Charmed Life:
We are missing a Level 1 Trauma Center.
Level 1 trauma centers cost HUGE amounts of money to operate. To be a Level 1 trauma center, the hospital must have several trauma surgeons, including a neurosurgeon, ON DUTY (not on call) 24/7.
Those patients that are airlifted to Phoenix or Flagstaff (where they have Level 1 trauma centers) are patients who have severe trauma & are not likely to be able to be adequately treated with the available medical care in Prescott.
The Prescott area DOES NOT have enough of these types of injuries to justify its own Level 1 trauma center. It is far more cost effective to airlift the relatively few Level 1 patients to nearby Phoenix or Flagstaff level 1 trauma centers.
P.S.: When I read this article, I wondered how long it would be before someone whined about the air transport. Kudos to you for eliminating the wait!! (this issue has been addressed enough times here ...every time there is a air transport to a Level 1 trauma center....that one would think people would understand by now. But, I guess not....


Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: PV Cowboy

To charmed:

We are missing:
A trauma surgeon 24/7
A vascular surgeon 24/7
So many more (health care) players behind the scenes.

Endorsement from the state.. Trauma centers just don't crop up because we want them to.. They are money losers by nature and take careful planning and foresight, which our local hospitals seriously lack.
Be thankful this type of accident was handled aprropriately.
In these types of accidents, flying the pt to a trauma center is the only option.


Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Kile

We drove by just a few minutes after the accident happened. After working 20 years in the fire department, this is one is in the top ten of mangled vehicles. The car manufacturers have done a great job in safety design. However ... there is no reason in the world for ANYONE to drive on the shoulder, let alone at a high rate of speed. This driver is lucky she is the only casualty. Innocent people could have been killed for her reckless disregard of safety.


Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: Starla Ryer

I passed this wreck and am happy to know that she will survive her injuries. When I saw the car I had my doubts, it was literally folded in half. It was a shocking sight. God Speed in your recovery.

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: Charmed Life

What are we missing in the local Hospitals that people are having to be airlifted to Phoenix all the time. After a recent accident a relative of my stepdaughter ended up with a $36,000.00 bill for the helicopter ride and treatement.

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: J B

They didn't say which direction she was going. Wonder if she came from the medical pot clinic in Chino Valley?

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: Unbelievable crash

Drove by this crash coming back from Chino Valley. Hard to believe anyone would survive this crash with the vehicle nearly being split in half. Hopefully she will be alright, but many things will need to be determined why she was driving so recklessly.

We will now hear all of the comments that will demand something be done with this "dangerous" intersection, even thought it had nothing to do with the crash.


Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Peep

I believe it's Mac Cordy Drive and not "McCurdy Drive".



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