Posted on Mar 09, 2012
KINGMAN, Ariz. — Four teens and a young adult were found dead Wednesday at the scene of a single-vehicle traffic accident in northern Arizona.
They were in a Chevrolet Suburban traveling at a high rate of speed when the vehicle failed to negotiate a turn on Big Warren Road, a dirt road about 20 miles south of the Utah border, according to the Mohave County sheriff’s office.
Investigators think the wreck occurred either late Tuesday night or early Wednesday, but the wreckage wasn’t discovered until at 4:43 p.m. Wednesday, according to department spokeswoman Trish Carter.
Dead at the scene of the accident were Monica Joy Bistline, 17, of Apple Valley, Utah; Carl Otto Nathaniel Holm, 22, of Hildale, Utah; Rachel Anne Kolgrove, 16, of Cane Beds, Ariz.; and Virgel Taylor Roundy, 15 and Jamison Holm Timpson, 19, both of Colorado City, Ariz.
The only survivor, Nakita Timpson, 18, of Colorado City, was admitted to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah, for treatment of her injuries.
Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Jim McCabe said it appeared the youths had been celebrating Timpson’s birthday.
The SUV was going fast down a dirt road, he said.
“What happened is they failed to negotiate a turn,” McCabe said. “At that time of night, there were ungodly high winds and so visibility probably wasn’t great out there in the middle of the desert on a dirt road.”
Police haven’t determined who was driving the vehicle and are still investigating the accident.
Autopsies by the Mohave County medical examiner were scheduled for Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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