Dune buggy crash kills San Tan Valley teen

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 21 at 3:45 PM

FOREST LAKES, Ariz. – A 17-year-old boy was killed and his older brother was injured when the dune buggy they were riding in hit a tree Tuesday in northern Arizona.

According to Gerry Blair with the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, the San Tan Valley brothers and other family members were camping and participating in off-road recreation.

The brothers left their campsite to take the dune buggy for a test drive. When they did not return to camp, their father went to look for them.

He found his sons trapped inside the vehicle on Forest Service Road 181, approximately two miles off Young-Heber Road, which is located west of Forest Lakes.

Investigators believe the 19-year-old driver lost control of the dune buggy and drove head-on into a large tree.

First-responders were forced to cut the top off the vehicle and extricate both victims. The 17-year-old passenger was transported to a safe landing area by an ambulance. Prior to the victim's transport by helicopter, medical personnel pronounced him dead.

The victim's brother was flown to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn's Level One Trauma Center. His condition has not been released.

Deputies and detectives are continuing to investigate.
 

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