Teen pinned under vehicle after rollover in Scottsdale


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Casey James

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 7:19 PM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Emergency crews needed to extricate a 17-year-old driver who was pinned underneath a vehicle after a rollover crash in Scottsdale late Saturday night.

Scottsdale Fire Department paramedics and extrication crews responded to a report of a single-vehicle rollover near Larkspur Drive and 132nd Street. Battalion Chief Brian Read said crews found the teen trapped within and under the vehicle.

Emergency responders said he was conscious and alert.

It took more than an hour to extricate the teen because the vehicle was on a downward slope and at risk of rolling down a hill, according to Scottsdale Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jim Novotny.

He was transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center in critical condition.

Investigators determined that two 16-year-olds were also in the vehicle at the time of the crash. They were able to get out of the vehicle prior to emergency crews arriving.

The patients were evaluated and refused any further treatment or transport. They were turned over to the custody of their parents.

Police said the 17-year-old was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle.

Police are not sure if seat belts were used and do not know if alcohol was a factor in the incident.