An all-terrain vehicle rolled multiple times in an accident at North Whitlow Dam Road in Queen Valley on Saturday, Feb. 21, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office reported. PCSO’s 9-1-1 Communications Center was called at 8:45 p.m.
The driver was unconscious but breathing and the three female juvenile passengers were all injured, PCSO said.
PCSO deputies and the Queen Valley Fire Department responded to the scene. A medical helicopter was also dispatched, PCSO said.
The driver of the Polaris 800 Razor was later identified as Kimberly Charles Hopkins, 57, of Mesa. He stopped breathing during treatment and medics immediately began Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. Mr. Hopkins did not respond and was pronounced deceased at the scene, PCSO said.
There were three female passengers who were all ejected during the crash. A 9-year-old girl was transported by medical helicopter to a hospital for head injuries, an 8-year-old girl was transported to a hospital by ambulance for facial injuries and another 9-year-old girl was transported by ambulance for a broken collarbone, PCSO said.
“The investigation determined Mr. Hopkins had been driving the Polaris Razor at the time of the crash,” Tim Gaffney, PCSO director of administration, said in a press release. “The vehicle’s right-side tires went off the roadway and the vehicle tumbled down a 15- to 20-foot hillside. At this time it is not known if alcohol was a factor,” he said in the release.
“This all-terrain vehicle was only equipped to carry the driver and one passenger. None of the occupants were seat-belted in at the time of the crash,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said in the release. “When the vehicle rolled down the hill it landed on top of Mr. Hopkins. This case is a tragic reminder of the importance of only carrying the number of passengers a vehicle is designed for and to always wear your seatbelt.”
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