On April 1, 2017, around 8:20 PM, YCSO deputies were called to a crash on Forest Road 192, near the junction of Forest Road 711, about 8 miles south of Crown King. The crash had occurred earlier, but the lack of radio/cell phone service in the area prohibited immediate notification to YCSO by EMS personnel who were already on scene. Deputies learned that a silver colored Jeep Grand Cherokee went off the road at the top of a switchback and rolled more than 500 feet down the side of a hill before coming to rest. The vehicle contained 2 occupants at the time of the crash. One of the occupants, 29-year-old Daniel Arroyo from Phoenix, was ejected and died at the scene. The other occupant, a 47-year-old man, was found inside the vehicle and once rescued, transported by DPS Ranger to a Phoenix hospital. He is expected to survive. The rescue and recovery effort was extremely difficult for EMS officials due to the steep and rugged terrain.
This is an active investigation and investigators have not released further details as to cause and fault. Members of the YCSO Jeep Posse have remained at the site to maintain security around the scene for investigators. Updates will be published when they become available.
On April 2, 2017, at approximately 3:30 PM, YCSO dispatchers received a call from a 54-year-old Prescott Valley man who was involved in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) rollover off Forest Road 638 in a remote area outside of Chino Valley, AZ. The man was alone, had no food or water, but fortunately good battery life for his cell phone. His back was starting to hurt as a result of the collision. EMS personnel and YCSO Forest Patrol deputies were immediately notified. YCSO’s Rescue 1 Helicopter went airborne and eventually located the ATV and stranded man around 4:15 PM. Due to the remote location, rescue personnel’s arrival time was extended. As a result, the Rescue 1 pilot decided to land and render first aid as needed. In order to expedite further treatment, the subject was flown to a landing zone off Perkinsville Road to meet with medical officials. He was treated and eventually released at the scene.
It should be noted that subject’s cell phone only worked when used from high ground. If his injuries had been more significant and prevented movement away from the crash site, it is very probable the cell phone lifeline would be useless. Alone in this extremely remote area without the ability to seek help could have resulted further injury or death due to exposure while hoping to be found. YCSO search and rescue personnel continue to remind those who explore wildness areas in Yavapai County to consider carrying a personal location device. This valuable tool uses satellite connections to relay messages and generally work anywhere there is line of sight to the sky.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov