KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) – Mohave County authorities think an adult and four teens killed in a crash in rural Arizona were traveling at a high rate of speed when a Chevrolet Suburban they were in failed to negotiate a turn on a dirt road.
The crash happened in far northwest Arizona near the Utah border, authorities said.
The victims are identified as Carl Otto Nathaniel Holm, 22, of Hildale, Utah; Monica Joy Bistline, 17; of Apple Valley, Utah; Rachel Anne Kolgrove, 17, of Cane Beds, Ariz.; and Virgel Taylor Roundy, 15, and Jamison Holm Timpson, 19, both of Colorado City, Ariz., died at the scene, said the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
The lone survivor of the crash _ Nakita Timpson, 18, of Colorado City _ was taken to a Utah hospital.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene Wednesday afternoon about 17 miles south of Centennial Park, Ariz., in a high desert area known as the Arizona Strip.
The crash might have happened sometime late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. It remained under investigation and the sheriff’s office said alcohol might have been a factor.
Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim McCabe said the five may have been out celebrating Timpson’s birthday when the crash happened.
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 was ungodly high winds and so visibility probably wasn’t great out there in the middle of the desert on a dirt road.”
Investigators haven’t determined who was driving the Suburban and are still investigating the crash. Autopsies by the Mohave County Medical Examiner are scheduled Monday.
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