1 Killed, 1 injured in Mohave County dune buggy crash

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Speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors in a dune buggy crash in Golden Valley. By Jennifer Thomas Speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors in a dune buggy crash in Golden Valley. By Jennifer Thomas

GOLDEN VALLEY, Ariz. -- One man was killed and another injured after a dune buggy crashed in Golden Valley Friday evening.

At about 6:05 p.m., Mohave County sheriff's deputies and Golden Valley Fire Department personnel responded to a single-vehicle rollover on Centennial Road a little more than a mile south of the Arizona State Prison-Kingman.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the 1970 dune buggy was being operated by Frank Ellis Stringer, 53, with Ronnie Ray Birdsell, 54, as a passenger.

The two men from Golden Valley were traveling north on Centennial Road when they came to a washed-out section of the road. Stringer was unable to slow the vehicle prior to hitting the rough section of the road and the dune buggy rolled.

Stringer was partially ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Birdsell was fully ejected during the crash and was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

The men were not wearing the installed safety belts.

Sheriff's officials said speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors. The investigation is ongoing.

This particular section of Centennial Road has never been accepted into the Mohave County Road system and therefore is not a maintained roadway, according to sheriff's office spokeswoman Trish Carter.